Kzoo police using app to provide crime updates

A picture taken on January 17, 2017 in Paris shows people holding their cell phones. (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo police are taking to technology to provide the community with the latest information on local crime.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is joining the Neighbors app, which allows users to receive real-time information on local crime and safety.

Once a user downloads the app, they can join their neighborhood, share videos, texts and photos related to crime and safety, and receive alerts from neighbors and police.

Kalamazoo police say there are currently about 2,000 people in the city using the app, and it has already helped them catch someone stealing a package from a porch.

Neighbors is available on iOS and Android devices.

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