SPOKANE, Wash. - A social media network just for you and your neighbors is becoming more popular in the Inland Northwest. The Nextdoor app works on smartphone and on desktop computers to help keep crime down.
The app requires you to prove your address to connect to your neighbors.
Nextdoor’s tutorial video describes the app as a way to connect with neighbors while on the go. The description states:
“Nextdoor is the free, private social network for you, your neighbors and community. It’s the easiest way to connect and talk with your neighbors about the things that matter in your neighborhood. When neighbors start talking, good things happen.”
"It has really taken off just by the neighbors getting in and seeing there's a value there," said Craig Walter.
The Spokane man signed up his Corbin Park Neighborhood more than six months ago. Now, more than 100 people in the neighborhood use the Nextdoor app. Corbin Park homeowners used the app to track stolen packages and sharing information about car prowlers according to Walter.
"There's a couple of neighbors that have cameras and they actually got a photo for the people doing it," added Walter.
Creators boasted that about one in five posts in the U.S. on Nextdoor are related to crime and safety.
Nextdoor began two years ago and now more than 15,000 neighbors have accounts according to the website.
Members must verify they live in the area by a landline or mailing address. Nextdoor users can then invite other neighbors and confirm they live in the area.