Building a Stronger, Safer Community

Monday, July 08, 2013

In January 2013, the Virginia Beach Police Crime Prevention Unit began promoting the use of the social networking site Nextdoor.com to neighborhoods and Citizen Advisory Committees throughout the city.  We partnered with the Office of Volunteer Resources to give presentations on how this would increase communications among neighbors, thereby increasing safety in their neighborhoods.  We also saw that this was a way to modernize our current Neighborhood Watch program since often times people were more comfortable communicating over a social network rather than face-to-face.  With each neighborhood and citizen that signs on to use Nextdoor.com, that community has an extra set of eyes and ears on the lookout for suspicious persons and behavior.  Since its beginning, the use of Nextdoor.com has grown 400 percent and is still on the rise. 

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