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Police using Nixle service

San Diego Police Department has begun to distribute public safety notifications using the Nixle community notification service, Chief Bill Lansdowne announced last week.

Nixle is a free Web-based service provided by Nixle LLC. Residents may register by going to the Nixle website at

www.nixle.com

and clicking the “Residents Sign Up Now” button.

Once registered, users will receive messages by e-mail or text message to their wireless phones or computer.

Messages are categorized as Alerts, Advisories, Community Information and Traffic.

Recent examples of Nixle messages sent by the Police Department include those of an ATM burglary and a pedestrian robbery.

There is no charge to use this service, and the user’s information is not given or sold to any other entities, the SDPD news release said.

The program can be time- and community-specific when it comes to reporting crime series to the community.