Neighborhood safety is a team effort, but it starts with individual effort. What can you do to make your neighborhood a safer place? Here are 9 ways to instantly feel more protected in your neighborhood.
1. Get Outside
Go on walks, work on your yard, and let your kids play out front. Organizing a neighborhood cookout can encourage people to feel more comfortable spending time out in the neighborhood as well.
2. Tell Your Neighbors When You're Going To Be Gone
Talk to your neighbors and arrange for someone to mow your lawn, watch your pets, or come over to pick up your mail. Use timers on your lights, or find a smart security system that will allow you to turn lamps off and on remotely.
3. Get Some Privacy At Night
Drop the blinds and make sure all doors and windows are closed. Leaving your blinds open and lights on at night provides a free look into your house, its layout, and the habits of its occupants. And leaving windows or doors open is just asking for trouble.
4. Install Some Sort Of Security System
One of the most surefire options to improve safety in your neighborhood is to get a home security system and use it properly. Studies show that burglars tend to skip homes that have security systems. In addition, a security system can give you and family peace of mind.
5. Put A Security Sign In Your Front Yard
Whether you get a security system installed or not, you can still put a sign out front to act as you have one. Homes without an appearance of security are 300% more likely to get burglarized!
6. Increase The Lighting On Your Street
Street lights are not the only way to do this. Ask that each household turn on their front lights in the evenings and installs motion-sensor lights in the backs or sides of the house so potential intruders don’t have the darkness to hide in.
7. Report Nuisances And Other Problems ASAP
When you are thinking, "Someone should to do something about this,"be the one who does something. Call a non-emergency line, landlords, residents, local business owners, or anyone that may have influence on the issue. Then call your neighbors and ask those who are also concerned to report the issue as well.
8. Drive Slowly In Your Neighborhood
By making a conscious effort to drive slowly on neighborhood streets, you encourage neighbors who may be in a hurry to reconsider if their speeding is necessary.
9. Reduce The Opportunity For Crime
Lock your car and never leave valuables visible. Trim excessive shrubbery on your property that offer convenient hiding places. Make your front porch visible and make sure your home looks like it has eyes on the neighborhood.
If you and your neighbors are able to make small but consistent improvements in your neighborhood, everyone will feel safer and more comfortable on a daily basis.
Have questions or other security needs, give BSN Security a call at (480) 686-9052 and we will make sure your security is up to par!