Technology making it easier for neighbors to keep each other safe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The technology most of us are using every day is becoming an important tool to stop theft. Just as the Crestwood neighborhood where smartphones are not only being used to call police, but connect others within minutes of a crime occurring.

That quickness of information not only helps homeowners but police, but the 97 percent of the community who is also online.

In the last two weeks, a crook tried to break in through one homeowner's garage door.

"There was a bunch of stuff back behind it so they couldn't get the door open and when the alarm came on that chased them off," Crestwood Homeowner's Association President Ken Spare said.

But that wasn't the only crime Crestwood Homeowner's Association President Ken Spare included in his email blast to the neighborhood. Another homeowner had a man come to his door asking for help jumping his car; the homeowner didn't buy it.

"I'll call the police or call you a tow truck. Instead he went back to his car and drove off," he said.

Spare has lived at Crestwood for 27 years and has seen first-hand how technology is making his job a lot easier and the connection created between homeowners also helps police.

Community Interaction Officer Jason Cooley agrees. From e-mails to apps like NextDoor, neighbors are alerting others in their own private groups. However, Cooley still sees an advantage to a face-to-face approach with your neighbors.

"Especially those neighbors that are retired because they're the ones on the block keeping an eye on the block while you're away at work so a good step toward good relationship there could be just a simple plate of cookies for Christmas," Cooley said.

If you would like a police officer to come to your home and give you ideas on things you can change, contact your police department.

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