Neighborhood security and awareness is just as important for homeowners as it is for condominium or apartment dwellers in suburban homes. You can do a lot to protect yourself from the threat of burglary, robbery and home invasion by simply getting to know your area, your local law enforcement services and others in your neighborhood, building or apartment.
Getting to know your neighbors by introducing yourself to them as well as getting to know building security, maintenance and management personnel if you’re in an apartment can be crucial. Making a simple commitment with neighbors by communicating that you care about living in a safe neighborhood, that you will watch their homes when they’re away, and that you would like them to watch your home is a great start toward promoting neighborhood and community safety and trust.
Talking with your neighbors, which is a simple thing to do, helps promote community interest and security. It helps raise awareness of changes in your neighborhood and encourages people to be alert for suspicious strangers. This simple idea is often overlooked, but it’s a great step toward developing a safe community and preventing crime in your neighborhood.
In addition, use these common sense safety rules developed by Safe Home Security for homeowners:
Safety Rule Number One: Be very prudent about who you allow to enter your home and always confirm their identity every time.
Safety Rule Number Two: If you aren’t expecting a service person, do not let them into your home or apartment.
Safety Rule Number Three: You should know who the regular service people are in your building or in your neighborhood, including mail personnel, lawn maintenance people, etc.
Safety Rule Number Four: You can’t always know outside contractors but you can trust someone who is confirmed by the company they claim as their employer.
Safety Rule Number Five: Use the common sense tools for safety which include peep holes on your door so you can see who’s there before opening it, keeping doors and windows locked, especially when you are away, not opening doors for strangers and of course, having a professionally monitored alarm system, such as those provided by Safe Home Security.
Here’s one final but important tip that we tell all Safe Home Security clients: Never print your entire name on your mailbox. If your name is required on your mailbox for your neighborhood or your building, use only your last name. If you need more than a last name, then use only one initial and a last name. This prevents people from gleaning your name from your mailbox and then acting like they know you at your front door or when meeting you in a parking lot after following you from your home. This also prevents intruders from knowing your gender just by reading it on a mailbox as well, which will help keep you safe from robbery.
Safe Home Security recommends that every resident of every neighborhood take control and be responsible for the safety and security of their community. Start by forming simple informal neighborhood watch programs by suggesting that neighbors watch out for each other’s safety. Remember, a secure home and neighborhood helps in making a happy home.