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Crime can make way into any neighborhood, no matter how "safe" it is. There are a numerous amount of preventative measures that can be taken to protect your home, neighborhood and community. Even though no place is immune to crime, team work can really make a difference to minimize crime in your community. Here are some great tips to utilize!
Know the People Within Your Neighborhood: Being able to recognize who lives in your neighborhood goes a long was in recognizing when there is a suspicious person in the area.
Lock All Doors and Windows: Many homes have multiple doors and windows and it can be easy to overlook one or more of them, For optimal safety, make sure to lock all doors when you are not home or home alone. Make sure windows are securely fastened. If you have sliding doors, place a rod in the track to prevent thieves from forcing the door open and entering.
Never Leave Anything Out in Plain Sight Inside Your Car: Do not give anyone a reason for them to target your car. Even if the doors are locked, thieves can break through the windows to take your belongings.
Do Not Keep Garage Door Openers in a Car Parked Outside: If you have a garage, but park your car outside with a garage door opener in the car, then you might want to consider placing your garage door opener inside. A thief can break into your car, and then use the garage door opener within your car, to easily gain access to your garage and possibly your house as well. It's best if you develop a habit of bringing the garage door opener inside with you.
Get a Reliable Security System Installed: When properly used, a good home security system can really help to improve neighborhood safety.
While it is impossible to ward off all crime 100%, it takes one to set a good example for the rest. By educating yourself on the measures you can take to encourage safety in your neighborhood, your neighbors will follow and work with you to make the community an enjoyable place to live.