How to Reduce Crime in Your Neighborhood

Neightborhood Crime PreventionThis is a followup to the “Neighborhood Watch to Prevent Crime” post.

Remember, police officers can’t be everywhere. Your cooperation with them is for the benefit of you, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood.

There’s safety in numbers and power through working with a group. You’ll get to know your neighbors better, and working with them you can reduce crime, develop a more united community, provide an avenue of communications between police and citizens, establish on-going crime prevention techniques in your neighborhood, and renew citizen interest in community activity.

“Citizens Safety Projects” are set up to help you do this. it is a joint effort between private citizens and local police. such programs have been started all over the country. Maybe one already exists in your community.
These organizations don’t require frequent meetings (once a month or so). They don’t ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime. They leave the responsibility for catching criminals where it belongs – with the police.

This is NOT a “vigilante” group!

These groups gather citizens together to learn crime prevention from local authorities. You cooperate with your neighbors to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood, to keep an eye on homes when the resident is away, and to keep everyone in the area mindful of the standard precautions for property and self that should always be taken. Criminals avoid neighborhoods where such groups exist.

What You Will Learn

Through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, some of the things you will learn – and all free – are:

  1. What to do in an emergency.
  2. How to best identify a suspicious person.
  3. How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity.
  4. Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized.
  5. What to do in case of injury.
  6. What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street.
  7. How to identify stolen merchandise.
  8. How to recognize auto theft in progress.
  9. How to protect your house or apartment.
  10. How to recognize a burglary in progress.
  11. How to protect yourself and family – and much more.

It’s easy to get your group started. All you have to do is contact your neighbors and arrange a date, place and time for the first meeting. Hold the meetings at your home or that of a neighbor. Try to plan a time that is convenient to most of your neighbors – preferably in the evening.

Then call your local police department. They will be happy to give your group informal lectures, free literature – and in many instances, window stickers and I.D. cards.

By organizing and/or joining a neighborhood program in which you and your neighbors get together to learn how to protect yourselves, your family, your home and your property. Working together, you can get the criminals off your block and out of your area.

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5 thoughts on “How to Reduce Crime in Your Neighborhood

  1. I have been to the Police Station 3 or 4 times over the past 6 years that I have lived here.
    My next door neighbor has been very threatening to me.
    Last night I had to call another neighbor over to stay with me because my neighbor was banging on my fence with a shovel and rocks. That continued for about 40 minutes.
    I have documented all the events with this neighbor.
    I am afraid of him and his wife.
    Today I went to have my tire pressure checked at Les Schaub and Anthony told me that the tires on the right side of my car were at 23 and 24 lbs of pressure but the left side was at 35.
    He asked where I had been parking my car. I told him it is always in my garage except that I did leave my car parked in front of my house and didn’t move it until after dark recently.
    He said well you better be careful because someone deflated your tires so much that it could have caused a serious car accident.
    I believe that my neighbor had something to do with the tires being tampered with and I think he means to cause me physical harm.
    I want a police officer to visit me in my home please.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi, We aren’t able to contact your local police. You may want to consider a home security device, like a security camera. I’d also make sure I had some protection, like pepper spray, and perhaps take a self-defense class near you.

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