Suffolk County Police Teaming Up With Neighborhood Watch App

January 10, 2019 - 2:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Worried about how to keep your neighborhood safe from crime? There’s an app for that.

Nextdoor, a private, localized social networking app, can be downloaded for free and is used in over 100,000 neighborhoods across the country.

The app requires users to register with proof of identity and address and zeros them in to their community, where they can post items such as warnings, suspicious activity and emergency briefings.

“I've done, you know, county-wide before New Year's Eve— make sure that, you know, you act responsibly,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.

She notes that police also use the app for broader issues.

“Make sure that your numbers show on your home because if there's an emergency we need to see the numbers when we come by, Hart said. “Cold weather is here, so we know that you want to start your car, go back inside and come out, but we've had some car thefts that way so be careful.”

Joe Panarello, of East Patchogue, has been a part of Nextdoor for two years and says the app helped his neighborhood save a missing child.

“They gave the description of the boy, what he was wearing. We all immediately left our homes, took our flashlights, got blankets and went searching,” he said.

In addition to posting about local news and crime, the platform also allows you to introduce yourself to your neighbors, find recommendations for services and dining options and hire nearby professionals or babysitters.