'Nextdoor' app allows neighbors to share information as well a suspicious activity with each other

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Neighborhood Sweet Neighborhood

by Staff Neighborhood Safety Reporter


Neighborhood Safe Neighborhood!

We would all like to feel safe in our neighborhood!

But it's not just about feeling safe.

Neighborhood safety is a team effort. Last week’s article was, “Paws on Patrol.” Throughout the day, dog walkers can be an extra pair of eyes and ears, to observe and report suspicious activities.

Each week, we will add more preventative tips to assist YOU in making your neighborhood safer. Together, we CAN make a difference!

Some crimes are randomly committed when someone walks by and sees an ‘opportunity’ of something visible inside a car … or a package on your doorstep, or your purse in a shopping cart … and no one is looking! Pay attention to your safety habits, or someone else might!

Social networking is important. It is like chatting over the fence with a neighbor… but there is no fence; you are linked 24/7 on the internet!

One suggestion is Nextdoor; a ‘free’ private social network (OK there are some advertisements…) Sign up by ZIP CODE. Ask a neighbor who belongs to ‘recommend’ you, or answer some questions to confirm that you qualify as a ‘neighbor.’

Typically, members of Nextdoor are quick to report suspicious vehicles, activities or people in the neighborhood… even posting photos from their security devices. You’ll know when and where packages are getting stolen from porches, mail theft or car prowls.

Nextdoor is also an easy place to ask questions, find lost pets, as well as recommendations for a dentist, house painters, etc. You can also filter the category of posts you want to see. Or join a special interest sub-group.

To join, click on:

https://help.nextdoor.com/s/article/How-to-join-Nextdoor?language=en_US

You’ll be required to enter your residential street address and email address.

BUT… don’t report a crime on Nextdoor and ‘assume’ that the police will see it!

Nextdoor is a private group and is not monitored by the police. At the end of this article, I will repeat several ways to report a crime; based on urgency. Remember: "If crime is not reported, the police have no way to track the criminal activity and specific crimes within those areas and apply enforcement measures.” (Quote from: Bellevue Crime Prevention Officer, Ruby Daly)

You might also want to start a Neighborhood Watch group. Since 1972, the National Neighborhood Watch Program (housed within the National Sheriffs’ Association) has worked to unite law enforcement agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in a nation-wide effort to reduce crime and improve local communities. The success of the program has established Neighborhood Watch as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program. Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America on street signs, window decals, community block parties and service projects.

How to report a crime:

Emergency: Call 9-1-1

Non-Emergency: Call 425-577-5656

My Bellevue cell phone AP: Available on your phone’s App Store. For more information about using the App, click below:

https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/finance/mybellevue

On-line:

https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/police/report-and-prevent-crime/report-crime-online

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