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LCSO reveals latest tool to combat crime

Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 13:02:48-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Lee County Sheriff's Office launched their presence on Nextdoor.com. As part of their plan to combat a rising crime rate, they hope this form of social media will help improve communications between residents and the agency. 

""Our idea is that every single resident in Lee County will become a member of 'Nextdoor'," says Stacey Payne from the sheriff's office. 

Adapting towards a more digital world, the website will allow deputies to message everyone who has created a profile and signed in. The sign up requires an email address, a home address and proof of residence.

"You have to use your real name", says Payne. "So you can't hide behind some fake name or whatever it may be."

The website classifies Nextdoor users by county, neighborhood and even household. Users can direct message each other or receive important messages about crime and safety directly from the sheriff's office. 

link to the website is below:

nextdoor.com