Good Neighbor Awards

Memphis Good Neighbor Puts a Stop to Crime in His Neighborhood

Memphis, TN, USA - August 5, 2015: View of Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee
Written by Annie Barco

Each month, Nextdoor is honoring the good neighbors who are making a difference in their neighborhoods every day with our Good Neighbor Award. Each winner is nominated by their neighbors and will receive a gift card from Nextdoor in recognition of the positive impact they have made in their community.

To nominate a good neighbor in your community, click here.


Mike Armstrong doesn’t allow crime in his Nextdoor neighborhood of Annesdale Park. In fact, since moving to his Memphis neighborhood three years ago, Mike has been reducing crime one culprit at a time.

Mike works from home most days and therefore has the opportunity to keep a close watch on his neighborhood. With the help of surveillance cameras he installed, Mike has helped identify and capture several neighborhood thieves who had stolen property from his home and others.

Good Neighbor Award winner, Mike, with wife Rhea, who nominated him.

Good Neighbor Award winner, Mike, with wife Rhea, who nominated him.

He’s also caught two suspects in the act of stealing packages from neighbors’ front porches and has held them until police arrived. It is something that has earned him the name of “the neighborhood thief catcher.”

“I like to think I have a good eye for suspicious activity,” said Mike. “And when I see something truly suspicious, I act on it by alerting police and my neighbors.”

And he does, no matter the time of day. According to his wife Rhea, who nominated Mike for Nextdoor’s Good Neighbor Award, Mike is always available to help his neighbors. If there is ever a crime and safety alert on Nextdoor, Mike will immediately stop what he’s doing and take a drive around the neighborhood to make sure everyone is safe.

Mike and his family, who he works to protect every day.

Mike and his family, who he works to protect every day.

“It’s just what I do,” explained Mike. “The community knows that if anyone ever sees something, they can call me and I’ll go check it out.”

From all of us at Nextdoor, congratulations Mike, and thank you for all that you do to keep your neighborhood safe!


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2 Comments

  • Congratulations! So happy to hear someone in Memphis won an award. I am Very proud. You are doing an Awesome job out there. We are doing our Very best to All be good neighbors and stay on top of crime in our community. Again, Great job!

  • Mike,
    I wish you lived in my neighborhood. I am so happy to read this encouraging story that reminds and assures me that there are still very nice, caring people living in our world! I pray that you will always be safe. Thank you for being one of the Good Guys! 🙂 Paula Slater, Las Vegas, NV

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