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AlertID - My Neighborhood

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Kristen Remington
Channel 2 News

Paula Burley treasures playtime with her two sons, Nolan and Gavin. When we arrived at her home, the boys pulled out their favorite Christmas gift -- Batman action figures and they included Mom in the mix. "Two-Face is going to get into Joker's car and go for a getaway! Woo-hoo!" she imitated, as the boys grinned. 

But when Paula's not playing Batman, her primary role is Protector. There is nothing more important to her than keeping her kids safe, and that means keeping an eye out for anything suspicious in her neighborhood. "I think we all have a roll to play in keeping our community safe."

The problem is, like most working mothers, Paula doesn't have a lot of extra time to be thumbing through police logs. Lucky for her, she doesn't have to. 

Now, it is all at her fingertips. Paula recently discovered a free, online service called AlertID - a virtual neighborhood watch program. Just by plugging in her address, Paula can see instant updates of all the criminal activity reported near her home. "You don't have to really do anything to investigate, it just comes to you."

AlertID is a collaborative effort by Keli Wilson and her team, along with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and community leaders. Other law enforcement agencies are on board as well. 

Of all places in the country to launch the "AlertID - My Neighborhood" pilot program, they picked Washoe County. "This tool gives people an opportunity to take part in protecting themselves and their neighborhoods," explains Keli. "This allows you to see the burglaries, sexual predators, auto thefts." And the best part? It's free!

When you log on, you can list a number of addresses, like your work, home, church, daycare, even your kids' school and within seconds you will see what is happening within a certain mileage. "Instant alerts. As soon as crimes are reported, they're added to the map. You can choose which alerts you're most interested in." 

You can also choose how to get them -- either by email or text. Plus, there is a new feature that allows you to chat with your neighbors and exchange information that way.  All the information is provided by our law enforcement.

Keli's confident this tool can keep us one step ahead of the criminals - if we all do our part.   And Mom's like Paula appreciate knowing she's not the only one looking out for her kids. "We would do anything to keep our kids safe, so as moms, we'll use whatever tools we can to keep our family safe."

If you would like to register to become a user of AlertID, log onto www.AlertID.com.

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