Many people look back nostalgically on the days when kids could be out all day without a mobile phone and front doors could be left open without the fear of robbery. However, those innocent days are now long gone – if indeed they ever existed in the first place – and your neighbourhood might be plagued with anti-social behaviour problems that make it a less than relaxing place to live, especially if you have a young family. With that being said, read on to find out four tips for making your neighbourhood a safer place to live.
1. Get to know your neighbours
How much do you know about the other people living in your neighbourhood? One of the unfortunate side effects of anti-social behaviour is that people are more afraid to engage in their community and interact with their neighbours. However, there are many benefits to getting to know the people you live beside. As well as providing a strong support network ready to help when times get tough, people engaging in anti-social behaviour may be deterred when faced with a strong community spirit.
2. Set up a neighbourhood watch group
Once you have got to know your neighbours on a friendly basis, you may want to take your relationship one step further and set up a neighbourhood watch group. These groups liaise with the police to help to prevent crime in your neighbourhood. If a crime is committed locally, information regarding its nature is disseminated amongst individuals so that you can protect your home against such crimes and keep an eye out for anyone acting suspiciously. Furthermore, neighbourhood watch groups work to prevent crimes by reaching out to vulnerable members of the community, such as older people who may be targets of crime and isolated younger people who may be drawn into crime. Thanks to this scheme, many communities have grown in strength and become safer and happier places to live.
3. Discourage loitering
Loitering is defined as remaining in a certain place for a prolonged period of time without an apparent purpose and can sometimes precipitate an illegal activity. It may be common for groups of people, perhaps teenagers, to loiter in your neighbourhood who, whilst not doing anything particularly illegal, are nevertheless a noisy nuisance and perhaps intimidating. You and your neighbours could invest in a Mosquito anti loitering alarm to discourage loitering behaviour. This deterrent works by emitting a high-frequency sound that, though harmless, is annoying to listeners, therefore encouraging them to disperse.
4. Improve lighting in your neighbourhood
Burglars are more likely to target areas that are less well lit – the darkness provides a protective cover for their illegal activities. Therefore, ensuring that your neighbourhood is well-lit acts as a deterrent. Though you may need to apply to your local council for additional street lighting, each homeowner can ensure that their individual property is equipped with motion detector lights and porch lights.
These tips should aid you in your efforts to create a much safer place to live for everyone.