Sometimes relying solely on police to solve crime is not enough. With the advent of local apps, watch groups are able to monitor their neighborhoods without actually having to be on the streets. From the participation of its residents in their community, a virtual watch forum can relay real time information across its network by crowdsourcing, looking for specific incidents or out of ordinary happenings occurring.
Simply by being more vigilant, burglaries in the community of Grandview, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona have dropped dramatically. Burglary trends were discovered by residents through the use of nextdoor.com, producing new leads for police to investigate. Utilizing these apps also allows for police to use their time more efficiently, with more time devoted to serious leads, and less time for minor incidents. This is a trend that I think will continue, as residents will always look for ways to be safer in their communities.