Neighbors use smartphone app to fight crime

Published: Jul. 25, 2014 at 11:51 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2014 at 11:34 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A new kind of crime fighting tool is being used by neighborhoods in Montgomery and all over the country. It's called 'Nextdoor', and it's a private social network for neighbors.

As we have all heard before, the best way to keep your neighborhood safe is by connecting-- knowing what should and shouldn't be there as well as keeping each other alert. Now, that is as easy as opening an app on your phone.

What makes this different than other social networks is that you have to verify your address before you're able to join, so only those in your neighborhood or surrounding neighborhoods can see what you post. It allows homeowners to share things like new ideas, yard sales, lost pets, and social functions, but it's making the biggest impact as a neighborhood watch tool.

Homeowners are posting things like suspicious sales people who come to their door, cars that seem out of place, and even security camera footage of thieves, so neighbors can watch out for them on the streets.

Several neighborhoods in Montgomery use the app including the Garden District, Cloverdale Idlewild, Edgewood, and Old Cloverdale, Capitol Heights, County Downs, and Cottage Hill.

It's a completely free app. Just search your app store for 'Nextdoor'.

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