We all want to feel safe in our own homes. In today’s world, that’s harder than ever.
From violent crimes in urban areas to porch pirates in the suburbs, there’s a lot to be worried about when you’re trying to relax on the couch after a hard day of work.
You don’t have to keep your curtains shut and avoid taking that vacation because you’re afraid of leaving your home empty! Make the neighborhood a safer place for everyone’s families by following these tips.
Know When to Call the Police
Creating a safer neighborhood takes time. No matter where you are in your journey to a safer neighborhood, it is extremely important to know when to call the police.
For example, knowing the signs of domestic violence will make you confident enough to make that call to the police station when there is screaming or property damage going on at your neighbor’s house.
Calling the police for various illegal activities shows would-be criminals that you’re serious about increasing the safety of your home, and an increased police presence can deter criminals from spending too much time in your neighborhood in the future.
Just make sure you take this duty seriously. Calling the police every time your neighbor plays their music a little loud will build discord in the neighborhood, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to do.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
One of the easiest, and most fun, ways to create a safer neighborhood is simply to spend time getting to know your neighbors!
It comes with many benefits that include:
- You feel more comfortable asking for help when you need it.
- You can learn about happenings in the neighborhood you didn’t know about.
- You’ll be more social, which is good for your mental health.
- You’ll enjoy easy access to babysitters!
Of course, a byproduct of getting to know your neighbors better is a safer neighborhood. Once you know someone and their family, you feel invested in their lives, which means you’ll want to keep a lookout for them, and they’ll look out for you.
Improve the Lighting on Your Street
Lighting can make a huge difference in the amount of criminal activity in a neighborhood. After all, it’s why professionals recommend keeping your lights on when you aren’t at home. It’s hard to sneak around and burglarize a house when all the lights are on!
Street lights are a good addition to any neighborhood, but motion sensor lights can be an asset too. Put one in your driveway and encourage neighbors to do the same. You’ll have more success getting everyone on board if you learn how to install motion senor lighting and offer to install it for them!
Install a Security System
There’s no doubt that a security system can keep you and your family safer. Many systems allow you to check in on your camera even when you’re not at home, and some even allow you to do things like turn the lights on and off while you’re on vacation, convincing would-be burglars that someone is home after all.
Not only is installing a security system beneficial for your family, but it can actually help keep the entire neighborhood safer. It can do that because:
- Video can capture footage of a burglar that prowls the area.
- Video can sometimes capture crimes being committed on other properties.
- Knowing at least one home has a security system will often convince a criminal to try a different neighborhood.
- Add neighbors as emergency contacts and they’ll be notified the next time there’s an emergency.
Start a Neighborhood Watch Group
Starting a neighborhood watch group isn’t easy, but it can greatly increase the safety of the entire neighborhood if you’re willing to put in the time to start and maintain one.
It can bring the neighborhood together under a common cause, it can create awareness and camaraderie, and it can also help you deal with other issues, like unleashed dogs in the neighborhood.
Even just placing stickers in the windows can be a huge deterrent. If a criminal thinks a neighborhood is united against crime, they aren’t likely to go through with their plan.
If you don’t feel very safe in your neighborhood, there is plenty you can do about it! Do things like get to know your neighbors, install a home security system, and know when you need to call the cops. The more active you are in ensuring the safety of your neighbors, the safer you’ll feel in your own home.
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