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AlertNest: The app that is aimed to improve safety for you and your family

AlertNest: The app that is aimed to improve safety for you and your family

Have you ever seen something going on in your neighborhood and wanted to others in the area know?

Las Vegas now has an app for that, it's called AlertNest. And the city is the first in the nation to be able to use the app.

“There's a lot of community angels that are willing to step in when they see those posts,” said Kep Sweeney, the Las Vegas-based company’s CEO.

From the app to the social site, Sweeney says AlertNest is aimed at improving safety for you and your family.

“People have said that this is important because it combines three or four different applications that they're used to going to to get their information and it's all in one," said Sweeney.

From active crimes to traffic incidents, the sex offender registry and even community events; through the site’s interactive map AlertNest pings a variety of things happening around your home, place of work or school.

The posts on the site are not only generated by law enforcement but residents, which are called “chirps.”

“My favorite part is seeing the chirps,” said Randy Klenosky, a crime prevention specialist with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Klenosky worked with Sweeney in the development of AlertNest.

Representing LVMPD's largest coverage area, Klenosky says the Northwest Area Command has seen a direct impact of the good that neighborhood watch groups, such as AlertNest, can bring.

He says last year alone, 88 percent of the crimes police responded to came from areas where neighbors who weren't communicating.

"It's been shown that criminals do avoid neighborhoods, where neighbors are active and engaged,” said Klenosky. “Engage with your neighbors. We miss that social connection that neighbors have with each other and that familiarity with your neighbors and what's going on in your community can make it a safer community because awareness is the best form of crime prevention."

From you at home to law enforcement officials, such as Klenosky, or even your local media outlets, including News 3, Sweeney says the ultimate goal of AlertNest is to bring us together, improving our safety as the Vegas Strong.

“If you participate in your community, you will have a stronger community,” said Sweeney.

Las Vegas is the first city in the country to use AlertNest, which will be rolling out to other states soon. The Las Vegas site and the app is available to use now, to sign up just click here.

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