While we love to think of our homes as our castle crime can happen to any of us at any time. Did you know that summer is when you are most likely to be the victim of a robbery? Between long vacations and other summer activities, crooks are out there looking for an easy opportunity. This is why reducing crime as a community is really important, here are a few ways of making sure that your neighbors have your back.
Form a Facebook Group or Nextdoor Community
Social media makes it easier than ever to have conversations with your entire community. With the popularity of Facebook, it's safe to assume that nearly everyone will already have an account. Talk to your neighbors when you move in to find out if such a group already exists and if it does get an invitation. If there isn't already a group you should consider creating one yourself and inviting as many neighbors as possible. Just remember to set the group to private so that only confirmed residents are able to join.
Another option is a website called Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a company that makes excellent neighborhood message boards share updates with those around you. Typically you will have access to your own neighborhood and several surrounding communities. Nextdoor takes the hassles of managing a Facebook page out of the equation and they will send personalized invitation postcards to your neighbors that aren't already on the platform. In addition to being a great place to talk with your neighbors, they also offer classifieds and a community event calendar.
Warn People About Suspicious Activity
One of the best things you can do for your community is to make sure and report any suspicious activities to other neighbors and the police. We've all heard the expression "If you see something, say something". You know your community better than anyone so if something doesn't seem right make sure to get the word out.
This is where your Facebook or Nextdoor groups come in really handy. In my neighborhood, I see reports of suspicious vehicles, lost pets, and property damage nearly every day.
It may come as a surprise to you but burglars tend to be the most active between 10 am and 3 pm during the day. Additionally, burglars tend to steal from homes near where they live since it's easy to know when the house will or won't be vacant. By making frequent updates on your neighborhood pages you can let any would-be thieves know that you're paying attention which is a great deterrent.
Know Your Neighbors
How well do you know your next door neighbors? If you haven't had a chance to say hi it might be time to go ring their doorbell and introduce yourself. Having a neighbor who knows you is a great way to keep an eye on your property while you are away.
If you're planning on getting away for a vacation make sure to also check out our vacation security guide.
Share Tips To Secure Your Home
Securing your home goes a lot further than simply locking your doors at night. There are lots of ways that you can protect your home from burglary simply in your landscaping. Make sure that all hedges, shrubs, and trees are well maintained since these can obstruct a criminals entry into your home. Install motion-activated lighting in particularly dark areas and plant thorny bushes or flowers in front of windows.