Community uses social media to help keep streets safe - WNEM TV 5

Community uses social media to help keep streets safe

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GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) -

A new website called "Next Door" is using social media to bring neighbors in one Mid-Michigan community together and keep their streets safe.

Neighbors in Grand Blanc are looking to become closer and they aren't walking next door. They are logging on to nextdoor.com.

Debbie Vallimont and other residents in the Woodside neighborhood in Grand Blanc are using the website to share and get information about their community.

"If your dog is missing. If there's anything happening. They have this site," says Vallimont.

Nextdoor.com allows people in the same community to use the internet to learn about what's going on in their own backyards.

Once a neighborhood is signed up, crime alerts can be automatically sent to neighbors when there's a break-in or other situation where the authorities are involved. It's a feature that neighborhoods with high crime rates could really benefit from.

Despite some reservations, neighbors like Debbie Vallimont are hoping their online connection will result in a tighter, more involved and safe neighborhood.

"People aren't staying in touch like they should be. That's what this website is all about, get you back into knowing your neighbors and becoming involved and taking care of each other," said Vallimont.

Residents in any neighborhood can join nextdoor.com. All you have to do is go to the website and signup.

The service is free and the hope is that by getting more people communicating and involved in their neighborhoods, it will help create more close-knit communities and safer places to live.

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