Ring Doorbell



Akron City Council is reopening the application process for 35 unclaimed doorbell cameras for eligible households of Ward 3, Ward 4, and Ward 5.  Please view Updated Press Release here for details. The application link will not be active until Friday, September 15th.

Akron City Council Announces Free Doorbell Cameras

For 460 Eligible Households of Ward 3, Ward 4, and Ward 5 

Applications will be due by July 14, 2023


 For Immediate Release 

Contact: Dr. Joan M. Williams 

jwilliams@akronohio.gov or 330-375-2258 

 Akron, Ohio, June 27, 2023—Akron City Council is accepting applications for a Pilot Doorbell Camera Safety Project.  Eligible residents of Wards 3, 4, and a portion of Ward 5 (who also reside in one of the following zip codes: 44320, 44311, 44307, 44302) can apply to receive a free Ring Camera. Cameras are being made available as a part of the City’s concerted effort to address crime hotspots. 

 The zip codes in Wards 3, 4, and 5 were selected based on the 2022 crime hotspot map provided by the Akron Police Department.

As a crime deterrent, the Doorbell Camera will provide added visibility into neighborhoods. The Ring Camera and accompanying app function as a neighborhood watch and provide residents with the ability to share video and/or photos of criminal activities across the platform. A bonus for users is the camera’s intercom (two-way mic/speaker functionality), in addition to the ability to view activity from the convenience of the Ring App. 

The Application period will open on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Applications must be submitted online here.  Terms and conditions apply.

 Completed applications may be submitted for approval from Wednesday, June 28 through Friday, July 14th. Both homeowners and renters are eligible to apply. Renters will be required to submit a landlord attestation in conjunction with the program application to be considered for a camera.

There is a limit of one camera per household. Supplies are limited. Applications will be accepted until the 460 eligible households have been identified and approved. Applications will be reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants are required to have completed an application and received the City’s approval prior to picking up their doorbell camera.

Distribution will take place on Saturday, August 5th from 10 am - 2 pm at the following locations: 

Wards 3 and 5 

  • South Street Ministries  

798 Grant Street 

Akron, OH 44311 


Ward 4 

  • New Hope Baptist Church 

1706 S Hawkins Ave  

Akron, OH 44320 


 For more details regarding this program please contact Dr. Joan Williams, Council Chief of Staff at JWilliams@akronohio.gov. 


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Renters will be required to submit a Landlord Attestation in conjunction with the program application to be considered for a camera.

Please note: Saving video on the Ring Doorbell App requires a subscription to the app. The City of Akron is not responsible for and will not pay for a subscription to the Ring App.

Terms and Conditions  

In providing this ARPA/SLFRF funded assistance, the City must comply with Section 603 of the Social Security Act and all federal regulations and federal mandates as adopted by the U.S. Department of Treasury and other applicable federal statutes, regulations, and executive orders.   

By signing the following terms and conditions and accepting the RING Product, Applicant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the City of Akron, the U.S. Department of Treasury and their officials, employees, agents, and assigns from any and all liability, loss, claim, damage, cost and expense arising from or related to receipt, installation, and use of the RING Product, including the failure of any certification made by Applicant in the application and these Terms to be correct in all respects:   

  1. Applicant agrees that the device will be timely installed, and remain, at the property identified in the application. 

  1. The unit will not be utilized in any manner inconsistent with applicable law and will not be utilized for any criminal or commercial endeavor. 

  1. Applicant will abide by all terms and conditions of use imposed by RING (the vendor). 

  1. Applicant will not sell, transfer, alter, or destroy the unit. 

  1. Applicant will timely create a RING account and will use his/her/their best efforts to notify the City and/or provide it with access to footage for law enforcement review suspected or actual criminal activity that does, or could, rise to the level of a felony. 

  1. Applicant shall not in any way obstruct or object to the City’s request to review RING footage so long as the Akron Police Department reasonably believes it is necessary to the investigation of an actual or potential felony crime.  

  1. Upon acceptance of the unit, the City shall have no further cost or responsibility to install, operate, or maintain the unit, and that these responsibilities are solely that of the applicant. 

  1. Applicant shall ensure that the unit operates consistently and shall maintain the unit in good and operable condition to the fullest extent reasonably possible, for at least the lesser period of: a) 2 years from the date or install, or b) date of transfer of legal title to the property. 

  1. Titled legal owner must notify the City, in advance, of any planned change in ownership to the property in writing. 

  1. In the event any of the terms and conditions of RING and/or Akron Smart Neighborhood Watch Program application/registration are violated, Applicant will/may be responsible for returning the unit or remitting the cost of the unit to the City. 

  1. Applicant will waive and hold City harmless from any damage, loss, injury, or death that results from, or is related to, this RING program and/or the installation and use of the RING Product.                               

In consideration of receipt of the RING Product, Applicant restates, represents and certifies each of its certifications in its application to the City as of the date of signature on this document.  In the event the City later determines that the information Applicant provided in the application was inaccurate or that Applicant was ineligible to receive the RING Product, Applicant agrees to immediately and fully refund to the City the entire purchase price paid for the RING Product. 

Applicant understands and agrees that this Agreement and other records in the possession of the City are or may be public records under Section 149.43 of the Ohio Revised Code and, if so, the records are open to public inspection unless a legal exemption applies. 

Applicant acknowledges that any person who knowingly makes a false statement to obtain an award of financial assistance may be required under Section 9.66(C) of the Ohio Revised Code to repay such financial assistance and shall be ineligible for any future economic development assistance from the City, State of Ohio, any state agency, or political subdivisions. Also, any person who provides a false statement to secure economic development assistance may be guilty of falsification, a misdemeanor of the first degree, pursuant to Section 2921.13(F)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code.