Whether you are planning to move to a new neighborhood or have been living somewhere for a while but still don’t know much about the area or the people that live in it, the good news is that there are plenty of things that you can do to not only check the safety of your neighborhood, but also improve it.
Whether you are concerned for the safety of your kids or simply want to make sure that you and your neighbors get to enjoy a safe and pleasant place to live, keep these tips in mind:
Make Friends With Your Neighbors
Safety comes in numbers, and often, one of the best ways to improve the safety and security of your neighborhood is to make friends with your neighbors and create a community where everybody is looking out for each other. Neighborhoods where people know each other and are good friends tend to be safer, since you are always watching one another’s backs and communicate often, making it easier for anything strange that has been noticed to be passed around quickly. And, neighbors can sometimes become some of your best friends.
Whether there’s that one neighbor that never communicates with anybody or somebody new has moved into the area, if there is anybody that you have some suspicions about, you can check them out using Nuwber. Simply enter their name or phone number into the site and you can find out more about them, including any criminal or arrest records that they might have and are available as public record.
Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight
Making it difficult for would-be burglars to figure out what’s worth stealing in your home can help to keep the crime rates down in your neighborhood and help you avoid being a target. Keeping blinds closed throughout the day or using sheer curtains that restrict viewing inside the house from the outside but allow the light to come through is a good idea.
If you have a garage, parking your car inside is the best way to keep it safe and out of sight, reducing the risk of car theft.
Use a Good Security System
Neighborhoods with homes that are equipped with good security systems tend to be safer and more pleasant to live in. It might be worth working together with your neighbors to set up a neighborhood watch group and see if you can get discounted security systems like alarms, CCTV cameras and CCTV doorbells if you all purchase together in bulk.
Keep the Area Well-Lit
Well-lit neighborhoods also tend to be safer places to be since there are fewer places for criminals to hide. By installing security lights on your home, you can make the neighborhood safer in general and protect your house from burglars with nowhere for them to hide. Motion lights are an ideal choice since they will instantly alert anybody in the area to somebody’s presence.
If your neighborhood is not currently very well-lit, it is worth speaking to your neighbors about your plans and ask them if they would like you to help them install security lights on their homes as well.
From the people who live there to the crime rate, knowing how safe your neighborhood is and what you can do to make it a safer place for everybody to be is important.
*Photos by Alex Wolowiecki