Tools for Communicating with your Neighbors

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 06 Jul, 2016

Check out these free resources to communicate with neighbors

Neighbors who are connected together become powerful watchdogs at preventing crime. They can more easily identify suspicious people, can assist each other with tasks like checking in on homes while the owners are on vacation, and more. But before neighbors can be connected to prevent crime, they must be connected to communicate. These tools are free and are a great resource to communicating with your neighbor.


Private Facebook Group:   Facebook allows users to make private groups where only those approved by its creator can see the posts. Think of it like a tailored newsfeed with just your neighbors posting about community issues. It’s a good option if every neighbor has Facebook, since you can create events and post messages, photos, and files.


Facebook Messenger: Facebook also allows users to create conversations in Messenger. Think of it like an email distribution, except everyone can comment immediately. Users can send photos and files over Messenger. You can make one group message where all topics are discussed within it, or you can make different conversations (such as one for general comments, one for coordinating National Night Out party, etc.)


Email Distribution: This works well if not everyone is on social media. Neighbors can shoot each other quick messages, such as requesting a vacation home check or reminder of upcoming National Night Out party. If one neighbor wants, he or she can create a neighborhood newsletter with resources and reminders. Neighbors can send them information to put into the weekly/monthly newsletter so all the information is distributed once and in one place.


Slack:  Slack is a website (with an option for an app as well) that allows users to share messages and information while providing options for specialization in an organized way. Users can create sub-groups (such as a National Night Out party planning committee) as well as direct message each other. Individuals only need an email and an internet connection to access it.


Next Door:  Next Door  is a tool designed around neighborhood safety. The site provides a map with a user directory, events calendar, and the option to create public and private groups. Users can post messages to talk about crime trends or other community issues. Before individuals can access the tool, they must verify their address (which helps ensure security).


Block Watch:  Block Watch  is a Spokane C.O.P.S. program that facilitates relationships among neighbors and improves relationships between the police and the communities they serve. Block Watch requires someone to volunteer as a Block Watch Coordinator and for the neighbors to attend Block Watch meetings to stay informed. To find out more on forming a Block Watch, click  here . To get tips on making a strong Block Watch, click  here .


National Night Out: National Night Out is a yearly event that brings neighbors together to build relationships, improve relations between neighbors and the police, and improves neighbors’ knowledge of crime prevention information. It’s a great opportunity to make sure all the neighbors know each other and to strengthen the relationships among neighbors. You can use NNO to facilitate the sharing of contact information and bringing everyone together to decide what method of communication works best for them. To find out more on National Night Out, click  here . For National Night Out party ideas, click  here . If you’re going to host a party, make sure to  register  it by July 27th (you’ll get a free planning guide and the opportunity to request special guests like police officers or city council members).



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Want to make Spokane a safer place? Volunteer at your local C.O.P.S. shop with one of our crime prevention programs , from lifting fingerprints off of vehicles to catch car prowlers to organizing a block watch for your neighborhood.

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