Public Safety Department Offers Nextdoor Alerts

Public Safety Department Offering Nextdoor Alerts

The Montgomery County Public Safety Department building in Eagleville PA

SCHWENKSVILLE PA – Nextdoor, the San Francisco CA-based social networking company that operates virtual communities for Schwenksville, Spring Mount, Fox Heath and Birchwood, said Monday (Aug. 1, 2016) it had reached an agreement with the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety “to provide important updates and information” to its 211 online members.

Department employees intend to share “alerts, news, and other notifications that are relevant” to the four Nextdoor neighborhoods, the company said in an e-mail.

Communicating with the department through Nextdoor “is entirely voluntary,” it added, and its staffers would be unable “to access or view any information that you and your neighbors have shared in your (online) neighborhood,” it said. Users also will have the option “to unsubscribe from all Montgomery County Department of Public Safety posts,” according to the e-mail.

The Schwenksville community on Nextdoor is relatively small and consists of only 7 users. By comparison, the Spring Mount community contains 122 members; Birchwood, 62; and Fox Heath, 20.

Nextdoor allows individuals who have been verified as members of the same neighborhood to trade information of a general nature, as well as updates on crime and safety, free items, lost and found items, classified ads, business recommendations, and documents of local interest.

Photo from Montgomery County