Angie’s List Partners with Indianapolis Department of Public Safety To Enhance Free Band of Neighbors Forum

INDIANAPOLIS (August 29, 2013) - Angie’s List and the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety are joining forces to help keep Marion County residents informed of criminal activity and emergency notifications in their neighborhoods.

The news alerts will be made through the Angie’s List Band of Neighbors forum, which is a free, secure social network tailored to the city’s 840 neighborhoods. Residents use the private forum to share news, ask questions and learn about things particular to their neighborhood, like lost pets or street closings.

“When neighbors know each other, they look out for each other and they share important information that heightens the level of safety and security,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “Unfortunately, too many of us don’t know our neighbors so even if one person on the street has useful news, the next-door neighbors may not.”

Band of Neighbors by Angie’s List is designed to help bridge that communication gap neighborhood by neighborhood. Launched earlier this year, the service is available in 20,000 neighborhoods across the country.

“It can be like having a Neighborhood Watch alert on your phone or home computer,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Lots of us get statewide or city wide news alerts, but news that’s really important for the South Side might not affect Broad Ripple or Crooked Creek or Irvington at all. Band of Neighbors brings you news that’s literally close to home.”

The Band of Neighbors forum is open to anyone, not just Angie’s List members. Discussions within it are limited to residents of a particular neighborhood. Within the forum, neighbors can chat, ask about local news and share information. The public safety messages from local police and fire departments will appear in the neighborhoods only where the actions or warnings are effective.

“As a public safety department we are seeking to be proactive in our crime prevention.  Neighbors knowing their neighbors and their neighborhoods can only increase the safety of our great city,” Public Safety Director Troy Riggs stated.  “We have chosen to partner with Angie’s List, Band of Neighbors and our citizens in the community to enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Indianapolis alike.”

Responding to a recent Angie’s List survey, Americans across the country said they know only about 25 percent of their neighbors. An overwhelming majority of those respondents said they would feel safer in their home if they knew more of the people around them.

“This partnership will enable us to deliver really important information to the people who need it most,” Hicks said. “We encourage neighbors to use the forum to talk about all kinds of things. The public safety component brings in an element that can make their neighborhood safer and more secure.”

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