The city of Las Vegas announced today their involvement with Next Door (nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications.
Led by Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Chief William McDonald, this integration with Next Door will enable the city of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to use Next Door to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Las Vegas residents. LVMPD and Next Door neighborhoods will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch.
“Las Vegas is an innovative and resourceful city. Joining Next Door is another way to further our efforts in making Las Vegas an even better place to call home,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman. “Giving residents more avenues to easily and effectively connect with city departments and each other about the things that matter most to their communities will create a stronger and safer Las Vegas.”
More than 110 neighborhoods, representing 60 percent of the city of Las Vegas, have already launched Next Door websites. In the past 30 days, more than 2,000 conversations have taken place in neighborhoods across the city.
Using Next Door, Las Vegas residents can create private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services and even lost pets. The city will be able to post information, such as important news, services, programs, free events and emergency notifications to Next Door neighborhoods within the city.
Next Door is free for residents and the city. Each Las Vegas neighborhood has its own private Next Door neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Next Door website and the city will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Next Door. Information shared on Next Door is password protected and cannot be accessed by Google or other search engines.
“Having the ability to easily communicate with residents is vital to not only maintaining, but increasing, safety and reducing crime across the city,” said Sheriff Douglas C. Gillespie. “Next Door enables us to share important information that can help reduce crime within our Las Vegas communities, and gives neighbors the ability to collaborate on virtual neighborhood watch efforts.”
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Next Door website can visit nextdoor.com/lasvegas and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.