We all want to live in a happy, fun, and safe environment. But let’s face it: No community is perfectly safe and harm free. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and neighborhood against harm, and here are some:
- Know your neighbors. One of the best ways to keep your family safe and prevent crime in your community is to get to know your neighborhood. This is not to say that you should become best friends with them, but at least try to make yourself familiar about them. Better if you establish friendship and trust, so you’ll have someone to call in case you need help. If you know your neighborhood, it will also be much easier for you to detect if something is wrong or suspicious in your community.
- Form a neighborhood association. Join a neighborhood association available in your community or form one if there isn’t any program available yet. Associations not just provide an opportunity for all residents to get to know each other better, but also create and implement prevention strategies to reduce crimes, threats, and other community problems.
- Team up with your local police department. To make your home and community much safer, it’s also great if you include your local police department in your crime prevention projects. Robbers and thieves will be hesitant to steal or start a trouble if they know that there are police roaming around. Also contact and include your local police officers in your group meetings. They will be more than happy to assist and give you tips on how to effectively deter criminals and what to do in case you spot a suspicious activity in your area.
- Improve lighting on your street. Robbers and thieves prefer to operate in dark and poor-lit areas. Ask the elected officers in your community to install more street lights to discourage burglars and thieves from sneaking in your community at night. It’s also great to encourage your neighborhood to install outdoor lighting around their homes and turn them on in the evening so that intruders won’t have a dark place to hide.
- Keep your doors and windows closed at night. Opening your windows and doors at night provides an opportunity for thieves to see what they want and easily plan how to get it. But whether you own expensive items or not, it is very important to always keep your doors and windows closed. Keep in mind that it isn’t only theft that happens during a home invasion, assaults can happen, too. If your neighbors are there, they can also get hurt, too. So make it a habit to close your windows and doors, especially at night. Encourage your neighborhood to also do the same. If possible, install shutters and grilles to make it more difficult for thieves to access your property.
- Add security system. If you want to level-up the security in your community, consider installing high-end security systems, such as surveillance camera and security alarms. Position the security cameras at all entrances and possible hiding places, such as in the front door, back door, garage, and gates.