Some neighborhoods experience less crime than others, but few neighborhoods are crime free. Even quiet, historically safe White communities are apt to face a crime threat at some point.
Our last few articles were dedicated to setting up your own modern-day Neighborhood Watch as a ShieldWall Network project. This piece will discuss more ways to keep your neighborhood safe.
First things first, you need to meet your neighbors. This can be as simple as baking a big batch of cookies and going door-to-door to introduce yourself. It might seem silly, but if you haven’t met them, today is the day!
If you aren’t comfortable doing something face-to-face, use a site like Nextdoor.com to meet your neighbors. Nextdoor is a private online environment designed specifically for helping neighbors connect with one another. Nextdoor has a strict address verification process so you can be sure your neighbors are legitimately your neighbors. Nearly 45,000 U.S. neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to connect, collaborate and help keep their neighborhoods safe.
Now that you know your neighbors, it’s time to get organized. Arrange a neighborhood meeting and talk about your concerns. A representative from your local law enforcement agency is probably more than happy to meet with the group, offer crime prevention tips and inform you what crimes have been occurring in the area. They can also suggest ways for residents in your neighborhood to work together to protect one another. Call your County Sheriff’s office to schedule one.
While you have a police officer on hand, find out which residents of your neighborhood help protect their homes with video surveillance cameras. Burglaries, hit and runs, petty thefts, and other neighborhood crimes may be picked up by video surveillance cameras in your community. Police can use this information to help track down criminals.
If crime becomes a problem, or your neighborhood wants to step up security before trouble starts, you may consider pooling resources and purchasing high-definition surveillance cameras. Post cameras at the entrance to your neighborhood so it can track the day, time, and license plate of any car that enters your community.
The Scott Creek neighborhood in Fremont, California was frustrated with the number of burglaries their community was experiencing, so they installed home security cameras. After this, they only experienced one burglary over the next 18 months. The tactic was so successful the Fremont Police Department now allows residents to register home security cameras with the department.
Neighbors who work together to help keep their communities safe enjoy the advantage of recognizing and solving small problems before they morph into more serious ones. Investing in a professional monitored home security system is another way to help protect your family from a range of dangers, including carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, and burglaries.
Paraphrased by Derek Paulson for The ShieldWall Network