Raleigh police partner with Nextdoor to create 'virtual neighborhood watch'
Posted May 20, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Hoping to facilitate a "virtual neighborhood watch" that includes better communication between residents and authorities, Raleigh police on Wednesday announced a partnership with Nextdoor, a popular social networking-style app that groups users based on the areas where they live.
Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown announced the department's plans during an 11 a.m. news conference, and she coupled the public announcement with a post on the app.
"I am pleased to announce that, starting today, the Raleigh Police Department will be utilizing Nextdoor in an effort to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications," she wrote.
Deck-Brown said the department will use the app to share crime prevention tips, safety updates and free events and emergency notifications. Messages from the department will appear in the filtered "City Agencies" tab that can be accessed at the top navigation bar of the app.
"Please be aware that Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity or file a report," she wrote. "If you require emergency services, please call 911. We do not monitor Nextdoor 24/7."
Nextdoor is an app that allows residents within specific neighborhoods to share information with each other such as public safety issues, community events and activities, services and even lost pets.
More than 300 neightborhoods in the Triangle have already signed up for their own Nextdoor site, which is accessible only to residents of based on where they live.