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Neighborhood Watch

How Neighborhoods can Work Together to Keep the Community SafeNovember 9, 2015

With increasing crime in many areas, people are looking for more ways than ever to help keep their neighborhoods safe. Here are some things you and your neighbors can do to reduce the number of incidents in your area and make your community a much safer place in which to live.

Neighborhood Watch

A neighborhood watch can be one of the best ways to deter crime. A neighborhood watch program will allow you to get to know those living around you, which is important if you are to recognize suspicious activities. If your neighborhood doesn’t have such a program, volunteer to be a community organizer and start your own group. Print up some flyers and go door to door talking with others in your area about the possibility of a neighborhood watch program. Odds are you will find there are others who share your vision and would be happy to be involved. Schedule regular meetings so you can brainstorm and come up with best practices that will help keep everyone in your neighborhood as safe as possible.

Revitalization

There’s something about a rundown area that makes it more likely for crime to occur. Gather some volunteers together to pull weeds, remove graffiti, and perform other small improvements, and you’ll be surprised at what a difference it will make. Make an effort to spruce up your own yard, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. If you have elderly or disabled residents living near you, gather a group of people together to clean up their properties so that every home on your block looks tidy and well maintained.

Improve Lighting

If your neighborhood does not contain adequate lighting, the odds of crime happening is much greater. In addition to cleaning up properties, ask each homeowner on your block to install motion-sensor lighting on the front and back of their home. Some simple solar lighting next to driveways and sidewalks can be beneficial as well. Encourage as many people as possible to have additional security lighting installed by your power company. You can also gather some residents together and attend a city council meeting so that you can petition government leaders for better street lights in your neighborhood.

Put the Word Out

Letting others know that the residents in your neighborhood are actively fighting crime is a great way to prevent it. Post signs telling of your neighborhood watch, and ask homeowners with security systems to prominently display warnings stating such. Ask local newspapers to cover your revitalization efforts or that fact that you are petitioning your town hall for better streetlights. When criminals hear that your neighborhood is doing these things, odds are they will choose another area to commit their acts in.

These are just a few things you can do to prevent crime in your area. Doing even one thing on this list can reduce the odds of crime happening, leading to a safer neighborhood and a better quality of life for everyone concerned.

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