SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Greene County residents can stay up-to-date on what’s going on around them through technology right to their cell phones.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office has been using a text and email alert system for a while, but many don’t know about it.
It’s called Nixle. It sends crime alerts straight to your phone via text messages or to your email. All you have to do it sign up by texting “GREENE” to 888-777.
The Sheriff’s Office says it’s a time sensitive way to know what’s going in and around your neighborhood.
To some, it’s a new idea, but one they believe is a good one.
“I would totally sign up for it,” said Rachel Weiner, a Springfield resident.
“It basically can help you know what’s going on around you,” said Kaitlyn Rogers, a Springfield resident.
The information includes traffic, crime, and missing person alerts.
“If we’ve got a high profile incident occurring, whether it’s an officer involved shooting, an armed robbery, pursuit going through your area,” said Corporal Cathy Ussery with the Sheriff’s Office.
One benefit is making it more convenient for residents to receive information.
“Not everybody is on social media, but everybody has a cell phone,” Corporal Ussery said.
“I think that would be more beneficial than having to go through an app to see if there’s like a traffic update,” said Weiner.
Some say they see this as a useful tool as long as the alerts remain specific.
“If it expanded out to be used a wide variety of things, I believe one – it will become quite invasive, and two – people tend to ignore it,” said Brandon Ives, a Springfield resident.
But overall, it seems to be another way to use technology to keep the community safe.
“I think public safety could be improved,” said Ives.
“That way you can see suspects, and see who is dangerous,” said Jacklyn Angel, a Springfield resident. “If someone goes missing and I need to know and it’s like a child or something, that’d be very important.”
The service is free to residents. More than 5,000 people have signed up for the alerts so far, according to the Sheriff’s Office.