Each year in the US, 2, 000,000 home break-ins are reported, with 66% of all burglaries being residential ones. These statistics equate to one home being broken into every 13 seconds - that’s a lot of burglaries a day.
The thought that someone may attempt to break into your home is a scary one, isn’t it? After all, your home is your sanctuary, the place where you feel the safest and secure, and so, the idea of a stranger being in there, poking and prodding around is a horrifying one.
While it’s impossible to prevent burglaries completely, there are certain steps that you can take to help reduce the risk that your home will be broken into. One of these steps is teaming up with your neighbors, to help to keep the entire neighborhood safe.
Below is a guide to how your neighborhood can work together to reduce the risk of burglaries that occur.
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Implement a Neighborhood Watch Group
One of the best steps that you can take as a community is to implement a neighborhood watch group. What this means is that your whole neighborhood comes together and agrees to team up to keep an eye on the area and each other’s homes. If anything strange is noticed, it is immediately reported. The idea of a neighborhood watch is to prevent crimes from occurring in the area by making sure to look out for each other. For preventing crimes, this kind of group can be one that is worthwhile implementing and holding training for.
Give a Trusted Neighbors a Key
For times when you are not around or forget to lock up before going out, giving a trusted neighbor a key can be the answer. A lot of neighborhoods have a system in place where two or three neighbors have a key to another person’s home, so that should a key be required it’s there. Of course, if a key is lost it is important that it’s reported to the homeowner immediately so that they can find a locksmith and have their locks changed, in case the lost key falls into the wrong hands. Remember, only give a key to neighbors that you fully trust, and make sure to advise them on what it should and shouldn’t be used for.
Agree Watch Neighbors Homes While They Are Away
Often, intruders will watch homes before breaking into them, determining when they will be empty. That is why it is vital that you have an agreement in place with your neighbors to ensure that even when someone is out of town, their home does not look empty. This means parking on their drive, collecting their mail, ensuring that their light timers work, and opening and drawing their curtains each morning and evening. If you want to prevent home break-ins, it’s things like this that make all the difference.
There you have it, a few simple ideas that you need to know about how your neighborhood can team up to help keep local homes safe.