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App helps neighbors connect, fight crime

(PHOTO: Brett Hoffland) (PHOTO: Brett Hoffland)
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - There are extra eyes looking out for would be criminals in one Ohio community.

On Tuesday, Anderson Township announced a partnership coordinated with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office to launch "Nextdoor".

In Anderson Township, 36 different neighborhoods are using the app. Anderson Township resident, Greg Harshfield, said he likes to keep a close eye on what's going on in his community.

"It brings you a little bit of comfort knowing maybe your neighbor who you didn't know six months ago is looking out for you," said Harshfield.

NextDoor is a private network where people can post about anything, similar to a blog.

"It's kind of like a virtual neighborhood watch if you will," said Harshfield.

"Why not the sheriff's department use it to get information out about crime or things that residents need to know," said Josh Gerth, a trustee with Anderson Township.

Gerth said it's natural to want to tell someone immediately once you're a victim of a crime, but with the growing popularity of social media, sometimes your friends and family come before law enforcement.

"In the past what you would see is people would wait for the crime reports and some days you would hear a day, two days later and I am happy to say it would increase the potential for any perpetrators of crime to be caught in a quicker fashion," said Gerth.

And it's not just for crime updates...but includes important news, safety tips, and emergency notifications.

"A missing pet, a street that's closed, construction in an area. Makes it very nice to be able to communicate," said Harshfield.

To ensure that everyone is really from the specific neighborhood, there is a process involved to verify your address.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT IF NEXTDOOR IS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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