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A new social network could help combat crime, link neighbors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A little more than 500 homes make up Barbourmeade, a small city within Metro Louisville.

Longtime resident Art Hoffman remembers the aftermath of a tornado that hit the neighborhood in 2012.

“It took days for people to recover from that and to try to figure out who is a good roofing contractor. Who can chop down the trees that fell down?” Hoffman recalled.

At the time, Hoffman says no one really knew of a way to instantly share information with one another.

Hoffman says the perfect solution is Nextdoor, a free and private social network for neighborhoods.

“It’s the easiest way for you to keep up with everything that’s going on around you,” said Nirav Tolia, the co-founder and CEO of Nextdoor. “There are so many ways that our neighbors can help us. We just need an easy way to connect and communicate with them.”

On Nextdoor, each neighborhood has a private community that can only be accessed by people who live there, using a smartphone or a computer.

Access requires verification of the user’s address, using several methods, including a credit card or phone number.

“It’s a connecting tool for a person who lives in this neighborhood and the neighborhoods all around Louisville to get in touch with a multitude of resources,” Hoffman said. “If there’s a break-in, somebody will post it. If there’s some suspicious looking people going through the neighborhood, get the license plate. Notify if people are speeding.”

Posts can be related to crime, garage sales, plumber and babysitter recommendations, lost pets, etc. Those posts can be viewed instantly, only by people in the neighborhood.

LMPD is encouraging people living in Metro Louisville to sign up for Nextdoor. The department will partner with the social network in the coming weeks.

Nextdoor reports more than 300 neighborhoods in Louisville use the network.

Across the country, that number is 98,000 neighborhoods in 50 states.

Hoffman says about a third of Barbourmeade’s population is on Nextdoor. He expects that number will only grow.

To learn more about Nextdoor, check out the company’s website.

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