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The Hill Neighborhood Embraces New Doorbell Technology

May 21, 2018 - 10:30 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One St. Louis city neighborhood is finding big success in using new technology to ward off crime, and is even helping residents obtain and install the devices.

The Ring video doorbell lets you talk to the person at your stoop without even being at home. It also records motion outside your door, and lets you share that video with neighbors.

Jim Barnthouse says the Hill Neighborhood Association helped 150 residents install the doorbells at half-price.

“The idea was that the more people we have on this system in the community, the safer we'll be,” he says.

Barnthouse says unlike some centralized surveillance cameras, these doorbells don't feed concerns about Big Brother.

"This isn’t something where there’s one person who has access to all these cameras -- everybody has access to their own camera," he says. "I have no idea what my neighbor down the street might be picking up, and frankly, I don’t want to know."

It’s not even just about crime. Barnthouse says one neighbor loved being able to answer his door at home on the Hill from -- where else -- Italy.