In an effort to help facilitate a virtual Neighborhood Watch program and better communication with residents as well as help foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the Rancho Mirage Police Department has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), a free and private social network now available for Rancho Mirage neighborhoods.
Nextdoor is free for the residents and the city.
Each Rancho Mirage neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.
Residents can use their Nextdoor website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and advertise local events and school activities.
The Rancho Mirage Police Department will be able to directly communicate with Nextdoor neighborhoods and residents to share information about neighborhood watch, safety issues and crime prevention.
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to members who live in the neighborhood and who have verified their addresses. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines.
The Rancho Mirage Police Department will be able to post useful and important information to Nextdoor sites within the city, but will not be able to access the resident’s websites, contact information or content.
The Rancho Mirage Police Department is facilitating this program because we believe more engaged neighborhoods can create stronger communities and a stronger city.
Nextdoor is one way to help create a stronger and safer community for those that live and work here. Nextdoor is also another tool for us to effectively share crime prevention and safety information, such as alerts of property crimes in their area or suspicious activity. The Nextdoor program can be expanded to incorporate other city departments as well.
The neighborhood areas in Rancho Mirage have already been mapped into the Nextdoor website and two of them, Magnesia Falls Cove and The Springs are already up and running on Nextdoor.
We encourage residents in these and in other Rancho Mirage neighborhoods to go to www.nextdoor.com to learn more and to sign up. If you have questions about Nextdoor, please contact Lt. Pete Ortiz at 760-836-1600, or Community Service Officer Codi Mix at 760-770-3200, ext. 192.
*Courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Rancho Mirage Police Department