Neighbors poll each other, post warnings on popular website

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FISHERS, Ind. (April 1, 2015) — An online tool that’s connecting neighbors is becoming increasingly popular, even being touted by some central Indiana police departments.

“How many of your neighbors do you know?” is a question being asked more and more, especially when it comes to crime.

That’s why more and more Hoosiers are signing up for the web tool Next Door. They include Fishers resident Kelly Marshall.

“We hadn’t connected until the website started,” Marshall said.

Now, Marshall heads up the Sunblest apartment community’s page, including a new feature that lets her poll her fellow neighbors.

Marshall used the feature to find a walking buddy for her after-work walks during the week.

“We come out here Monday, Wednesday (and) Friday and walk. … It’s safer when you have your neighbors with you to walk together,” Marshall said.

At a training session for homeowners in Lafayette this week, Det. Cecil Johnson even included the website in the tools he talked about.

“We’re also a promoter of Next Door and we’re going to talk about (it) to the community,” Johnson said.

Marshall said in her area, almost 600 people are signed up. She hoped to get that number up to 1,000 and meet even more of her neighbors, whether it be for something as simple as walking or something like what to look out for in the area.

“I share information like crime report documents from Fishers so that we know what happened the previous month and where we need to be concerned and worried,” Marshall said.

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