While a perfectly safe neighborhood is a tough ask, it’s a challenge that each of us can actually do something about. You can do a lot in your home, in your neighborhood, and throughout your community to live safely. Every child deserves a safe and healthy childhood where they can play without worries.
Neighborhood safety is a community effort, but it starts with you. What can you do to make your neighborhood a safer place? Here are some simple tips everyone can try.
How to Play Your Part and Make Your Neighboorhood Safe:
1.Get to Know Your Neighbors
Always get to know your neighbors; not only meet them but really try to get the know them. Have a way to reach your neighbors if they’re gone and something is amiss in the neighborhood. You can start by joining your neighborhood association, hosting a yard sale, or pitching in to throw a block party.
2. Enhance Your Home’s Security
Always keep your doors locked, and keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or family member, instead of under the doormat or near your home.
Set timers on lights when you’re away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, walkways, entryways, etc.
3. Keep Your Neighborhood Clean
Keep your home clean and orderly, and encourage your neighbors to do the same. A neighborhood with mowed lawns, nice landscaping, and nicely painted homes looks like it’s cared for, which can help deter crime. If there is a certain open lot or abandoned home that is an eyesore, work together as a neighborhood to clean up weeds or do a little exterior maintenance care.
4.Get to know your local police department.
Get to know your local police department and express to them your desire to make your neighboorhood safe. For example, if cars are often speeding through, ask them to patrol the streets. Sometimes you can even work with the department to start a Neighborhood Watch program.
Improving neighborhood safety is a team effort, but it needs to start with someone. As you get to know your neighbors, and police officers, discuss your concerns and apply some of the ideas above. You’ll find that your neighborhood becomes not only a safer place to be but a more enjoyable one for everybody.