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Connect to your neighbors with NextdoorSubmitted: 08/18/2014

Jeanine Ilacqua
Morning Anchor / Reporter
jilacqua@wjfw.com


MERRILL - The city of Merrill allows its citizens to take part in a neighborhood watch on their cell phones.

The website and phone app called Nextdoor connects neighborhoods on a secure social media platform.

When you join Nextdoor, you are sorted into a neighborhood based on where you live. Anyone in the city of Merrill can join the Nextdoor Merrill neighborhood.

There are secure pages for classified ads, lost dogs, town events, and government updates.

"It's really a way to communicate as a neighbor with another neighbor. And for us, the police department in the city of Merrill, it gives us a way to communicate with the people in our city on this social media," said Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff.

The Merrill Police Department launched the neighborhood last September. The app was launched to help with crime prevention.

"I just want to continue to build this to make it easier for us to get information out, and get information from people in the city," said Neff.

Merrill has about 340 registered neighbors. As more members join the site, the Merrill police department hopes to set up neighborhood watch groups.

"I would like to be able to, from this point, set up those neighborhood watch groups and run that out of Nextdoor. And, have people that are responsible for that area that we can communicate that they can disseminate information to their neighbors," said Neff.

If you are part of another community you can join your own neighborhood or start one yourself.

"Anyone can go to Nextdoor dot com and it asks for your address. If there isn't a neighborhood started in your city, you can start one yourself," says Neff.

You can join at www.nextdoor.com or on your smartphone.



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