In these crazy times, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Long gone are the days of leaving your doors unlocked or letting the kids play in the streets unattended. Many neighborhoods today are lacking the close-knit feeling that was so prominent when I was growing up. Here are some simple steps you can take to help improve the security of your family and your neighbors.

Home Security Features

First things first, we have to know our neighbors

Whether you invite everyone over for a BBQ on a Saturday afternoon, or use social media, meeting them is a must. This will help with knowing who’s home during the day, what families have children, and overall opening a line of communication between everyone. Being comfortable communicating will really help out when reporting suspicious behavior and keeping a well kept community.

Install a Home Security System system

With the advancements in home security technology over the last few years, this one of the most important steps you can take.  From doorbell cameras, to home security apps on your phone. Its never been easier to have peace of mind whether you’re sleeping or at work.

Lighting up your street or neighborhood

Whether using street lights in your neighborhood, or motion sensor flood lights on your house, this will help alleviate places for criminals to hide. You should also be sure to shut your windows and blinds at night. Leaving them open provides an enticing target for criminals who can not only see you but all of your belongings.

Keep up with the cosmetics

A neighborhood with well kept yards and flower beds leaves very few places to hide, and shows home owners spend time outside. Freshly painted and kept homes look cared for,  this alone can help deter crime. Taking pride in your surroundings and encouraging your neighbors to do the same is an easy way to get everyone involved.

Do your do diligence when leaving town

Check all doors and windows to make sure they are securely locked and your security system is set. Check with the neighbors to make sure they can keep and eye on your house while you’re gone. Be sure to check all your outdoor sensor lights and security cameras to help the neighbors keep a watch out.

Encourage outdoor activity

Go on walks with your neighbor, work in your yard, and let your kids play with the neighbors down the street. Organizing a neighborhood cookout can encourage people to feel more comfortable spending time out in the neighborhood as well.

Get to know your local officers

Not only can you let them know about what concers you have for your neighborhood, but also get an inside line of what to look out for and current crime trends.