App keeps residents up to date on what's happening in their neighborhood

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With the uptick in crime across Central Indiana communities, Hoosiers are turning to their smartphones to connect with neighbors.

Thanks a popular app, being up-to-date with what's happening in your neighborhood has never been easier.

NextDoor App is a private social network that allows you to connect and post what's happening on your block.

From neighborhood vandalism, car break-ins, suspicious activity, and even events like garage sales, NextDoor lets you securely link in with your neighbors.

Randy Kinsley, is a member of NextDoor Watson Park.

He checks in to see what other members are talking about.

Each neighborhood creates a private NextDoor website that is accessible only to the residents of that neighborhood.

It's like a virtual neighborhood watch.

"When you're looking at next door, you know the street, you know the alley, you know that particular area that crime may be occurring and you can have additional vigilance as far as that's concerned," Kinsley said.

Crystal Owhoso also uses the App.

"It's been really helpful for a lot of the crime that's going on in Watson Park/Mapleton Fall Creek area," she said. "A lot of people have been using it to tell their neighbors, 'Hey this is what's going on.'"

How does NextDoor verify you are who you say you are when you're adding yourself to a neighborhood?

It verifies in three ways.

First, a phone call to a listed number that is registered to a home address

Second, it matches a credit card billing address that matches a home address.

Lastly, a postcard with a unique code is sent to a home address.

More than 240 neighborhoods in Indianapolis use NextDoor, and more than 430 neighborhoods in the greater Indianapolis area are posting updates via the app.

It's all free.