Virtual Neighborhood Watch Program and Nextdoor.com
In an effort to facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, VPD has partnered with Nextdoor, the first private social network for neighborhoods.
What is Nextdoor?
Nextdoor is free for residents and for the City. Each neighborhood creates its own private Nextdoor website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Ventura residents can use Nextdoor to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. Neighbors who use Nextdoor share information about neighborhood watch issues, local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, upcoming garage sales or even lost pets. We believe a healthier and more engaged city creates stronger communities and Nextdoor can help to do just that.
How Does Nextdoor Work?
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to help build stronger communities. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on each Nextdoor site is only visible to members who live in the neighborhood and who have verified their address. Currently, Ventura has been mapped into 41 different neighborhoods which range in size from 60 to 1500 households.
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 list or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
How Do I Sign Up?
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their home address. If Nextdoor is already launched in your area you can immediately sign up. If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for your area we encourage you to become the lead for your neighborhood and get started today. Neighborhood Watch As mentioned above, our current Neighborhood Watch program is done exclusively online via Nextdoor. We believe having an online program allows for greater flexibility and information sharing amongst neighbors, community members, and our department.
However, this said, as a law enforcement agency we want to see as many individuals participating in a Neighborhood Watch program than not, and we recognize that not everyone may be connected online yet, or may still prefer a more “traditional” approach to a Neighborhood Watch program.
In this case, please contact Community Outreach at 805-339-4312 or via e-mail at email@example.com. We are happy to answer questions about a traditional Neighborhood Watch program and provide you with additional information.
If you have questions about the Nextdoor program, how to get started, or technical support, please contact Nextdoor support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VPD NW Program Administrator: If you have questions specific to Neighborhood Watch please contact VPD’s Neighborhood Watch Program Administrator at 805-339-4312