Olathe PD to use app to keep neighbors in the loop - KCTV5

Olathe PD to use app to keep neighbors in the loop

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With social media sites and apps like Twitter and Facebook it's easier than ever to keep in touch with family and friends.

Now the Olathe Police Department is making it easier to stay in the loop with neighbors, especially when it comes to local crime.

Next Door lets users chat with neighbors or interact with police, whether it's something as simple as a next garage sale or something as serious as an attempted child abduction.

It's the first police department in the metro to use a private online media platform to get neighbors talking to neighbors and police talking to everyone.

"It's another way to get more community involvement in the police department in helping us solve crime," said Sgt. Bryan Hill with the Olathe Police Department.

Next Door maps a city into neighborhoods. Once a person signs up, they can talk to others who live nearby. They can talk about everything from a lost pet to letting them know you are going out of town. It's private and only the people a person picks to share their information with can see it.

With the police department getting involved, they can now send out vital information to people in a targeted area of the city. They can let people know if there have been homes burglarized, property damaged or worse. But even police can't see what a citizen and their neighbors are talking about unless that person wants them to.

"Privacy is a huge thing. I think that's probably one of the biggest questions people have," said Kellen Storer who lives near downtown Olathe.

Storer says knowing what's going on where you live can only help keep you and your neighbors safe.

"You can get it in a good amount of time so people are alert and know what's going on in their neighborhood and be able to work better together in their community," he said.

To sign up just go to nextdoor.com.

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