It has been said in one of the holy books that “Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.”
In today’s world, though technology makes it possible to have thousands of “friends”, but how many of them actually come to help when needed?
The families that make up our neighborhood are possibly one of our best social networks; for when there’s an emergency, it’s more likely that our neighbors are the first ones who step in before even our closest friends or relatives can possibly arrive.
Safety in the Neighborhood
As we hear about the growing level of crime incidences all over, it becomes increasingly important to take appropriate measures to combat security issues in the areas we live.
If members of a neighborhood get together, they can effectively work towards ensuring safety and security in their locality. For the same, good neighbors can look out for others and their actions can be directed towards the welfare of the community.
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Additionally, various communities looking at the option of developing neighborhood watch groups can prevent unwarranted crime and violence in their neighborhoods. Their mission can be to keep an eye on their surroundings; and if they see a suspicious person prowling about or any other untoward happening, they immediately get in touch with each other and the concerned authorities.
Here are some tips to promote safety in your neighborhood:
Provide basic security education- Many people are quite lax about basic security habits such as locking their front doors, disclosing information to maids, servants or outsiders etc.. Conducting seminars on basic home security is a great way to educate a neighborhood community and simultaneously bring them together. In addition, there is lots of online information that will help you educate yourself and your neighbors regarding self-protection.
Develop security practices – Crime is simply not possible if the neighborhood is alert and cooperative. When neighbors get together, they can develop vigilant security practices and work in a proactive way.
Provide sufficient lighting – Areas without proper lighting are more prone to burglaries. Special importance needs to be given to lighting at entry and exit points of a locality. A 100 foot zone of visibility around your area should provide enough brightness to identify colors and faces.
Install live surveillance equipment – Installation of wireless video cameras which transmit live video to security guard control center can provide wide neighborhood coverage and security. This will prove more economical as compared to going in for a 24 hour guard service in every block, gate or tower.
Spread the word – When a security program has been implemented in your neighborhood, you can spread awareness about it throughout the neighborhood. This will also send out a powerful message to potential criminals that your neighborhood knows well on how to look after itself.
Promote feelings of neighborliness – Community events produce a feeling of togetherness and display the solidarity of the neighborhood to outsiders. Organizing clean-up events to remove garbage and vegetation overgrowth subtly convey to thieves that an area is well looked after and guarded. A well maintained neighborhood is less likely to seem a good target to thieves.
We can say that neighbors play an important role in integrating society and keeping the community safe. It’s always heart-warming to be surrounded with people who have good feelings for one another. An important thing to remember is that having great neighbors begins with being a good neighbor yourself.