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Orange County Sheriff's Office

Law enforcement, firefighters work with Nextdoor as tool to alert, help residents

Soon after deputies arrested four teenagers this month on charges of breaking into vehicles in the Sabal Point neighborhood, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office posted a notice on the community's Nextdoor website notifying residents. Sabal Point residents had been concerned about a rash of car burglaries in their neighborhood occurring over the past few weeks. "So we let the community know, using Nextdoor, about the arrests," sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Smith said. Nextdoor is a free and fast-growing website and smartphone app that allows users to set up private pages to connect with their neighbors. So far, 1,115 Central Florida neighborhoods — including...

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