Both the town and residents of Knightdale are stepping up their tech-savvy game, even ahead of larger surrounding municipalities.
Town spokesman Brian Bowman estimates that about 14 percent of Knightdale households have signed up for Nextdoor, an app and website designed to help residents in close proximity to each other communicate privately.
“It’s pushing information to them (residents),” Bowman said. “And they can comment, there’s a two-way component... and it’s multi-directional, neighbors can talk to each other.”
Before joining the neighborhood network, residents are required to verify that they live in the area.
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Topics discussed range from classifieds, local events, public safety questions or neighborly chit-chat.
The town can send out specific messages regarding individual neighborhoods or to residents at-large.
During the winter, the town used the site to keep residents posted on road conditions and recently Police Captain Jacqui Boykin posted a list of safety tips for the residents.
Although the town originally started using the app in Nov. 2014, it has quickly grown in its reach, with 931 residents using the free communication technology.
Within the month of May, 131 new members had joined Knightdale’s site.
The Beaver Dam and Cheswick neighborhoods are most active, with about half of Beaver Dam residents using the site and nearly all of their Cheswick neighbors.
Cheswick resident Sunny Myers says her neighborhood plans events through the app. She appreciates the ability to post to other neighborhoods for yard sales or about crime.
“You can share vital and non-vital information,” she said. “It’s a really good tool, that’s how people are getting information. The website is good if people aren’t on social media.”
Nextdoor offers three modes of access – email notifications, the website or the smartphone app, all free.
Founded in 2010, San Francisco-based Nextdoor says more than 61,000 neighborhoods in the United States now have their own Nextdoor networks.
Raleigh, Garner and Wake Forest are among some of the other local towns to utilize the network.
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