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Reducing Crime, Increasing Community: New Neighborhood Social Network Helps

Date: 2012-05-07
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Across America, neighborhoods are turning to a new neighborhood social network to communicate with neighbors, trade goods, borrow gardening tools, find lost pets, cut back on crime and respond to emergencies. Nextdoor is a new, free and secure social network designed to connect neighbors with each other and build community.

Nextdoor has a free emergency alert service that lets members send a mass email and text everyone within a neighborhood, in the event of a flood, earthquake, tornado, or other disaster.

One in three Americans today, don't know their neighbors by name (Pew Research), but Nextdoor.com is working to change that through its easy-to-use, free service. Nextdoor communities are user-driven - neighbors sign up for the service, verify their address and invite individuals in their designated neighborhood to join.

To date, Nextdoor has been used to help neighbors across the U.S. create successful neighborhood watch groups, coordinate community meetings, work with local law enforcement, organize community events, find lost pets, find baby sitters and even buy, sell and trade goods and left-over garden produce.

Why Go Social With Neighborhoods? Data & Insights:

  • Social networks in a neighborhood lower crime, improve public health and raise test scores. (Robert Putnam, Harvard Professor and Author: Bowling Alone)
  • Over 65% of all online adults use social networking sites. (Pew Research)
  • One in three Americans don't know their neighbors by name. (Pew Research)

For more information and to see a short introductory video, see www.nextdoor.com

- Product Profiles/9-1-1magazine.com (via Next Door, 4/25/12)

 

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