For homeowners, one of the biggest concerns on people’s minds—in addition to household repairs—is home safety. You want to live in a neighborhood where everyone can be comfortable with their safety and security.
The reality, though, is that there are threats out there to home safety. But instead of just worrying about it, there are things you can do to help make your home and neighborhood safer. Home technology is a great way to increase security. Having a doorbell camera or outdoor smart camera can really help. There is also something bigger you can do to increase security in your area. That is forming a neighborhood watch.
Benefits of a Neighborhood Watch
A neighborhood watch has a number of benefits. First off, it is great for training people to focus on security. People are much more likely to recognize property crime and intruders if they know what to look for. As members of a neighborhood watch, people start to look for indications of crime or other safety issues. It is also a great way to train neighbors on emergency situations and overall emergency preparedness.
Neighborhood watches also bring people together. People don’t seem to know their neighbors as well as they used to. A neighborhood watch will help you get to know your neighbors, which is good socially but also good for knowing who does and doesn’t belong in your neighborhood.
These five tips will help you start a neighborhood watch in your area.
1. Go Door to Door
The first step to take is to visit your neighbors. You need to gauge their interest in the idea to know who is willing to participate. The topic of forming a neighborhood watch is a great conversation starter to help you get to know your neighbors. You can also take stock of what resources are available locally. Going into your first meeting, it will be good to know who has motion-activated lights, a doorbell camera, or a smart outdoor camera. These devices can benefit neighbors in addition to the device owners.
2. Contact Local Law Enforcement
Local law enforcement is available to help you form your neighborhood watch. They can send an officer to speak at your first neighborhood watch meeting. The officer can give you tips on how to recognize crime and how to make the best use of your neighborhood watch.
3. Discuss Neighborhood Concerns
In your first meetings as a neighborhood watch, talk about the primary concerns among your neighbors. Is it car theft, vandalism, burglary? These priorities will help each person get a better idea of what to look for. You can also ask your local law enforcement for statistics on the most prevalent types of crime in your area.
4. Develop a Communication Plan
Watching is just part of what a neighborhood watch does. You also need to have a plan for reporting crimes, potential crime, and emergencies. It is best to include your local law enforcement in this discussion so they can give you tips on how to organize your plan and when to contact law enforcement.
5. Keep It Going
Forming your neighborhood watch is just the first step. To keep it going and to keep it effective, you need to plan and hold regular meetings and trainings. You can make a schedule of meetings, rotate who hosts them, and have meetings each time someone new moves into the neighborhood to get them involved.
A neighborhood watch is a great way to transform your neighborhood into a safer, more tightly-knit community. These tips can help you get started and make your neighborhood safer for everyone.