Keep Yourself Safe
Crime is a problem in many neighborhoods, no matter what the socio-economic status of the community is. Unoccupied homes can invite criminal activity and homeowners who appear vulnerable to gang members are easier targets. Fortunately, there are many ways you can keep your home safe and protect yourself and your neighbors against crime. Take a few steps today to reduce crime.
Know Your Neighbors
Get to know your neighbors and their habits. Know when they leave for work and come home. Watch out for each other’s homes by looking for vehicles and people who do not live in your neighborhood. If you witness a crime or spot a suspicious person, report it immediately to the police. Law enforcement officers encourage citizens to report suspicious persons or activity, even if your suspicions turn out to be nothing. Without witnesses to a crime, a criminal defense lawyer can more easily get the charges dropped and keep the criminal out of jail.
Be Careful with Social Media
No, you don’t have to stop using social media, just be aware of what you are posting. Keep vacation dates to yourself, even though you may want to share the excitement. Ask your neighbors to watch your home when you’re on vacation and reciprocate when possible. Have a trusted friend get your mail and make sure your home doesn’t appear unoccupied for long periods of time.
Join or Start a Neighborhood Watch Group
It’s impossible to prevent all crime, but when you educate yourself, your children, and your neighbors about community safety, it can reduce the potential for crime and ultamately keep everyone safer while living in their own neighborhood. Join or start a neighborhood watch group in your area and have regular meetings and lectures about community safety issues and crime prevention. When criminals know people are watching, they will move on to another neighborhood.
Don't Make Your Home a Target
This may seem obvious, but make sure the locks on your home are well-maintained and work properly. Lock doors and windows when you are gone and when you’re home alone. Keep your bushes trimmed back so criminals cannot use the branches to hide their activity. Install motion sensor lights that go on when someone approaches your home. It discourages burglars and makes your walkway safer for friends and family when they visit.