Geldrop-Mierlo will place two notice boards to inform its community residents about BuurtWhatsApp. The notice boards will be placed in Braakhuizen-Noord and in Luchen.
Communities in these residential areas use a WhatsApp-group to communicate with each other.
Residents can communicate with each other via the free mobile messaging service if something is amiss or they notice something unusual in their community. By working together and keeping an eye out as a community, the quality of life in the community can be improved. The notices indicate that the community uses BuurtWhatsApp, which should also serve as a deterrent to potential thieves.
Research by the University of Tilburg indicate that in communities using a WhatApp-group the number of break-ins has declined. Another benefit is that social contacts have increased within the community. Mayor Berry Link will reveal the two notice boards on Wednesday June.
Translator: Jennifer den Dekker