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An Amazon patent application published online last week shows how doorbell cameras could be used to detect when packages are stolen from doorsteps, and quickly alert neighbours and the police reports CNN Business.

The application is the latest example of interest from Amazon, and its home security brand Ring, to combat neighbourhood crime, particularly those who steal e-commerce packages from doorsteps. It also highlights Amazon’s controversial interest in facial recognition, as the application describes potentially identifying thieves with the technology.

In May 2018, Ring launched “Neighbors,” an app where communities and law enforcement can share crime data. Ring says the free app has millions of users nationwide, and 100 law enforcement partners signed on to exchange information with citizens. Neighbours can post videos from their Ring cameras, such as a package being stolen. Neighbours without Ring cameras can still report incidents with photos or videos they may have.