Neighbors using social media site to fight crime

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 12, 2015) – It’s a modern day version of a neighborhood crime watch.  Nextdoor is a private social networking site specifically for neighborhoods.  The city of Indianapolis is joining the site to help inform residents.

Nextdoor allows neighbors to speak up about suspicious activity to protect themselves, their homes and others.

“It’s a great way to get a daily update of what’s happening in your neighborhood,” explains Tyson Domer, who lives in Meridian Kessler.

Neighbors are able to post about anything that concerns them from a lost pet to crime to help with home repairs.

Kelli Mirgeaux showed our crew posts from neighbors warning about vandalism, illegal dumping and even looking for a lost pet.

Nextdoor connects a user’s neighborhood to several other nearby neighborhoods.

“Even though a lot of those incidents might not happen in our alley or right in front of our house it’s just important to be aware of what’s happening just a couple streets over,” explains Mirgeaux.

The city of Indianapolis will use Nextdoor as another tool to reach residents. “We decided to start pushing out information to residents on Nextdoor,” explains Emily Garrett, with the City of Indianapolis.

The city will not be allowed to view neighbor’s conversations unless a comment is directly related to one of its posts.

Nextdoor is free to join although it will require you to verify your home address.

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