Have you met your neighbors? In an effort to help residents foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications so that they are able to facilitate their own virtual neighborhood watch programs, the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station has partnered with Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods.
Nextdoor is free for residents to set up an account on and start connecting with their neighbors. Each neighborhood in Santa Clarita has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.
Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, lost pets, and much more.
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station will be able to post important information, such as crime updates to Nextdoor sites within the city.
“In this day and age, social media has changed the way that people communicate with each other,” said Shirley Miller, public information officer of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “By establishing a virtual neighborhood watch, residents will be able to access their neighborhood watch from their smartphones, tablets and computers. They will be able to efficiently relay messages to others in their neighborhood. Through this network, neighborhoods can come together and look out for each other.”