No more hide and seek in the local park, no football games in the neighborhood, or wandering near the skate park till late summer nights; we are asking ourselves whether parents are becoming more fearful. Or are children more stuck to their phones rather than playing? According to research, more than 2000 children are missing every day in the United States.
We are feeling less safe than we were in the past, and we are also losing the close-knit that we once had in our neighborhood. Having a safe neighborhood is comforting in every way; the feeling that comes with it is that you will be saving money as no one will rob you and avoid the paperwork of going to the police station.
This is possible; you will have to gather a team to keep your neighborhood safe. We have gathered some tips that can help you;
Socializing with your neighbors is where you want to start; it is only a win-win situation. You will be able to help each other in a situation of emergency.
Are you on vacation and need someone to water your plants? Need someone to babysit? Pets? You will be able to have support from your neighbors.
You may ask yourself how to socialize with your neighbors without making it weird. It is simple to throw a party; it doesn’t have to be a massive party. A small bring and share BBQ party on a Sunday will do you will learn to know what they love and their interest building a connection.
Now that you know your neighbors and get along with them, you will want to pinpoint safety. You can set up a neighborhood watch and motivate them to share if they have been victims of theft or any kind of crime.
Communication will allow other neighbors to be more vigilant. There are now different neighborhood apps available where you can get reports on what’s happening in your neighborhood, and they are actual police records.
On a personal level, you should invest in good-quality porch lights. Some people prefer motion-detector lights. You should also make sure that there are no places where intruders get to hide in the yard.
If streetlamps are not lighting up, you should immediately contact the person in charge to solve the problems.
4. Be Cautious When You Are Not Here
Some burglars will wait till you are out of town to sneak into your house. Burglars rely on easily scannable visual signals to select targets. It’s impossible to stress the importance of making it appear as though you’re at home when you’re not.
If there isn’t a monetary exchange, make sure to repay the favor. Mowing your lawn, shoveling your paths, and collecting up your mail and newspapers are all examples of favors. Turn on your lights with timers or smart switches, or invest in a smart security system that allows you to turn lights off and on remotely. You may even have a neighbor park a car in your driveway while you’re away from home.
5. If You See Something, Say Something.
Being vigilant in your community and speaking up if you notice something unusual benefits everyone. When it comes to crimes, working together may make a tremendous difference.
Improving community safety is a collaborative effort, but it must begin with one person. You’ll notice that when you get to know your neighbors, talk about your concerns, and implement some of the suggestions above, your community becomes not just safer but also more fun.
It’s all about collaboration. If package theft is a problem in your neighborhood, collaborate with your neighbors to keep a lookout for deliveries as well as strange snoopers or automobiles. In the comments, let us know what you think about having a neighborhood watch…