Thursday, July 13, 2017

Are you on Nextdoor?

MESA COUNTY, Colo - The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is encouraging you to get to know your neighbors! The social media network Nextdoor is making it easier than ever before.

Nextdoor is like Facebook, but it's private and you sign up via your address. Also all of your "friends" are your neighbors!

Residents use Nextdoor to discuss community issues, crime and safety, ask for recommendations, advertise events, or to sell those items collecting dust you've been meaning to get rid of.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has found the safest neighborhoods are the ones where you know and engage with your neighbors. In this digital age, Nextdoor allows you to do that from the convenience of your phone or home computer.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is on Nextdoor as well. As a law enforcement agency we are not a part of your private neighborhood group instead, we use the social media network like a virtual bulletin board. We can let specific neighborhoods know what is happening in their community. For example, if there are several car break-ins overnight on a street. We can alert people who live in the surrounding neighborhood to the recent criminal activity and offer preventive tips all through Nextdoor.  

We will not be able to "see" your conversations within your community, that is just for you and your neighbors. We will "see" what you comment on our posts or if you directly message us.

Nextdoor is a tool for MCSO to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications specifically happening where you live! (Sign up your cell phones for alerts here!)

Nextdoor has really become the new virtual neighborhood watch. Residents are already organizing virtual crime watch through this social media platform and now the Mesa County Sheriff's Office can join the conversation and support residents with information and resources.
Nextdoor is not a replacement for 911, or a place to request emergency services, police services, report criminal or suspicious activity, file a report, etc. If you require emergency services, please call 911.

Learn more about Nextdoor and how to sign up for free here.