Nextdoor: Virtual Neighborhood Watch
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.
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.
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.
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.
As mentioned above, our current Neighborhood Watch program is done almost 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 Ashley Bautista at 805-339-4317 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Ashley can answer your questions about a traditional Neighborhood Watch program and provide you with additional information, including a guide on how to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program.
Neighborhood Watch Signs
Once you have established your Neighborhood Watch program it’s important to order your supplies so you can prominently display to your neighbors, community members, and others that your area is a proud NW member.
Decide how many of the large metal Neighborhood Watch signs you and your group would like. These metal signs cost $40 each. (Many Neighborhood Watch groups take up a collection to help share the cost of the signs). The cost also covers installation which will take between 4-6 weeks.
You may also want to purchase Neighborhood Watch decals ($1.00 each) or placards ($3.00 each) for distribution amongst members.
To order your supplies please contact Civic Engagement Specialist Ashley Bautista 805-339-4317, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the Nextdoor program, how to get started, or technical support, please contact Nextdoor support at email@example.com.
VPD NW Program Administrator:
If you have questions specific to Neighborhood Watch please contact VPD’s Neighborhood Watch Program Administrator at 805.339.4317, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.