Angie's List, City of Indianapolis launch crime-fighting tool

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The City of Indianapolis is teaming up with Angie's List on a new interactive, online crime-fighting tool.

The mayor and public safety director were on hand Wednesday morning to help unveil Band of Neighbors. It's described as a neighborhood watch program that you can access through your computer and smart phone.

Angie's List developed the program as a way to keep residents up to date on what's going on in their specific neighborhood, be it a road closure, new restaurants or lost pets.

The city is adding to it by providing public safety alerts on criminal activity and emergency situations.

"Let's say we have a manmade or a natural disaster. Sending information out in real time, letting people have the facts, not letting rumors spread is extremely important for us as first responders," said Troy Riggs, public safety director.

You don't have to be a member of Angie's List to take part in Band of Neighbors. It's open to anyone but online discussions are restricted to residents of a particular neighborhood.

Band of Neighbors