How to Start a Crime Watch
Setting up a Neighborhood Crime Watch
Using a neighborhood email list or the neighborhood site NextDoor.com can both be good ways to keep track of crime in your community & to alert others to crimes you witness. Both have their advantages & their drawbacks. Decide which solution is best for your neighborhood.
Setting up a Neighborhood Email List
Block Captain can vet and approve neighbors before adding to the list to ensure they are not the source of crime who might get inside information.
Size of email list and neighborhood can be controlled.
Requires block captain to forward each and every message. This can delay messages for hours or days.
Neighbors cannot control the frequency or types of messages they wish to receive. Some may leave the email list if too many messages are sent.
Using NextDoor.com to send neighborhood alerts
Every neighbor must verify their address via phone, post card,, credit/debit card (billing address), or SSN.
Accessible via web and iPhone/iPad app.
Each neighbor signs in with their real name. Just like in person.
You choose where your information is shared.
Your website is securely encrypted using the HTTPS Internet protocol.
Information shared will never show up in Google or other search engines.
Nextdoor never shares your personal information with third-party advertisers.
Neither your full profile nor past posts are viewable to members outside your own Nextdoor neighborhood.
Map of neighborhood with list of members, invited neighbors, and neighbors who have not joined.
Includes additional functionality to bring neighbors together:- Classified section to sell stuff to people you trust – Lost & Found – Document library – Recommendations (Babysitters, plumbers, landscapers, etc.)
Can distribute messages to your neighborhood + nearby neighborhoods.
Sometimes the problem is within your neighborhood. Criminals may get inside information through neighborhood communications.