Your neighborhood watch program could be moving online in the near future.
With new neighborhood apps like Nextdoor, people in communities can share information about crime, lost pets, and even neighborhood events. Over 20% of the sites use has come from issues pertaining to crime and safety.
Nextdoor makes it mandatory for participants to verify their address before being allowed access, which gives the site an advantage over a simple Facebook group. The website also has an emergency alert system, which sends a text message and email to participants if a serious event is taking place.
Nextdoor has even started partnering with local police departments, so they can post crime reports and issues warnings to those in affected neighborhoods.
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