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Article: Neighborhood Crimebusters' Web Based Community

[This post is part of a series for the article: Neighborhood Crimebusters’ Web Based Community. Previous post in the series: Know Thy Neighbors.]

The rest of this article describes how you could set up a Yahoo Group as a web portal for your neighborhood. Please note you could also use other such applications like Google or MSN groups and set up something very similar. This example is based on a real neighborhood portal that was set up using Yahoo Groups. This is intended to illustrate one possible way of using such an application to facilitate communication between people in a neighborhood. Depending on the needs of your NCW and other constraints that you may have, you may need to choose another way to implement this.

[This section is detailed and is only required for those who intend to setup the group and act as moderators. Others can skip this post and click here to go to the next part of the article.]

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[This post is the first of a series for the article: Neighborhood Crimebusters’ Web Based Community.]

Start a Neighborhood Crime Watch group
One of the best ways to improve the level of security around your home and your neighborhood is by getting to know your neighbors. A lot of community Neighborhood Crime Watch (NCW) groups have been formed and they have gone a long way in preventing crimes and also in helping the police identify and track down criminals. If the security around your home has been something on your mind, it is very likely that your neighbors are thinking the same too.

You can get started by meeting some of your neighbors and talking about it. You can also seek help from your local law enforcement. You should be able to start an NCW group by holding a meeting with your neighbors. Having some representatives from the police department would add a lot of weight to the effort.

Continue reading “Know Thy Neighbors – Set Up A Web Group” »

Setting up a Neighborhood Crime Watch (NCW) group, getting to know our neighbors and staying connected with them is one of the most effective ways to fight crimes around our homes. The posts listed here discuss how to set up a web based neighborhood community and how to use it to communicate with your neighbors effectively.

1. Know Thy Neighbors – Form Your NCW

This post gives you an introduction to how you can set up an NCW and how you could use simple web based tools to stay connected.

2. Create A Web Group

There are many choices to make and this post will give you some pointers to help you set up your group. The following posts show you how to use some of the cool features of the group.

3. Communicate

Learn how to use the group message board and email features to communicate easily with your neighbors and to set up email alerts.

4. Collaborate

Besides exchanging emails, you can also share documents, pictures and interesting web resources with group members. This post shows you how to make the best of these features.

5. Manage Information

The web group also has a very handy database feature that you can use to create your neighborhood roster, or a build log of any interesting incidents, etc. Read this post to learn more.

6. Conduct Polls

Have a proposal to improve security in your neighborhood? Trying to decide on the date for the summer party? Learn how to use the Poll feature.

7. Schedule Events and Alerts

Want to mark your calendars for neighborhood meetings or parties? This post tells you how to use the Calendar feature.

8. Conclusion – Thoughts And Experiences

Wrapping up with a summary. Please send your comments to

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