Rolesville Police Department Launches “Nextdoor”

May 2016

Private Social Network for Neighborhoods Is Used to Facilitate Virtual Neighborhood Watch
Nextdoor Enables Residents to Connect Online in Private, Secure Websites to Build Stronger and Safer Communities

Town of RolesvilleIn an effort to help facilitate a virtual neighborhood watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Rolesville Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods.

Nextdoor is free for the residents and the town. Each Town of Rolesville neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.

Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members. The Rolesville Police Department will be able to post important information, such as crime updates to Nextdoor sites within the town. The Rolesville Police Department will not be able to access the resident’s websites, contact information, or content.

“In this day and age, it is vital for neighbors to come together and look out for one another. Nextdoor makes it easy for neighbors to establish virtual neighborhood watch and help combat crime.” said Chief of Police Bobby W. Langston, II. “Nextdoor will help create a stronger and safer community that we call home.”

Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

The Town of Rolesville has been mapped into 14 different neighborhoods. Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address. If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood. If you have questions about your Nextdoor website you can contact the Rolesville Police Department (919.556.7226) help.nextdoor.com/