Neighborhood Security encompasses a lot of different ideas and
strategies. However, the unifying element is the need for neighbors to work
both as individuals and as a coordinated team.
If your neighborhood is having chronic problems with nuisances
such as noise and speeding, or more serious problems such as drug or gang
activities, you are not powerless to change the situation. The immediate role
of the police is to respond to criminal activity, but when a situation is part
of a recurring problem, active neighbors help investigations and allow police
to take further action.
Your response can, as well as that of your neighbor, make a
difference. Often times the partnership between neighbors and police are
required to resolve the problem.
Can you do?
Home Security Methods -
There are easy ways to protect your house from becoming an easy target for
Crime - Don't assume that
your neighbors have already reported the crime or that the police already know
what is going on.
Be Part of the Problem -
When you live in a residential neighborhood, your actions are felt by others.
By not speeding, maintaining your house and property, and being thoughtful
about noise levels - you will set a standard of behavior for others in your
neighborhood to follow.
can neighbors do?
A Good Neighbor - Meet your neighbors,
keep a watchful eye on the neighborhood and report suspicious activities.
A Log - If your neighborhood
is experiencing chronic problems, keeping records of where, when and what kind
of activity occurred will help later, especially if there is a criminal
prosecution or need to establish a pattern of behavior.