The alarm system is installed, the doors are locked, and the motion-sensor lights are aimed at the back door. You’ve done everything in your power to make your home as safe as possible, right? Maybe so, but depending on the security practices in your neighborhood, your house could still be a target.
In order to make sure your house is as secure as possible, it is important to cultivate a safe environment in the neighborhood you live in. While doing some things like talking to people and checking online to see what your neighborhood’s reputation is may seem obvious, other measures are more less so. For example, knowing and keeping in touch with your local police department can allow you to specifically tell officers how they can help. If speeding cars are a problem in your neighborhood, ask the police to patrol certain areas. In addition, starting a Neighborhood Watch program with the local police and asking police to make a drive-through can increase the presence in the area, stopping thieves in their tracks. Neighborhoods with a Neighborhood Watch program saw a reduction in crime between 16 and 26 percent versus those without one.
Of course, simply knowing your neighbors can be the best line of defense when it comes to keeping your home safe from intruders. Awareness of your neighbors’ routines can help you notice suspicious behavior, and contacting them whenever you feel something is out of the ordinary can go a long way to prevent break-ins in a neighborhood. The lady next door who is always peeking through the blinds just might thwart a burglary at your house.
These days, social media is making it easier than ever to connect with your neighbors. Facebook groups provide an easy medium for communication, and Nextdoor is a private social network made specifically for neighborhoods and communities. Nextdoor has provided people with an easy way to alert neighbors of suspicious activities, run a neighborhood watch group, and discuss a number of different topics that were typically reserved for the Sunday backyard barbecue.
Many of the smaller things that can make your house safer include closing blinds or drapes at night, improving the exterior lighting around your house, and not leaving packaging from expensive items outside your house. These will discourage would-be criminals, and add a certain peace of mind when it comes to home security. It takes some initiative, but these steps can help you and your neighbors live in a safer and fun neighborhood that everyone will want to be a part of.