We encourage everyone to make it a priority to meet your neighbors on your street or in your cul de sac. Knowing and communicating with your neighbors is highly valuable for local crime prevention. We encourage homeowners to build relationships which allows you the opportunity to look out for each other and alert the community about suspicious behavior.
As a reminder, here are a few suggestions to reduce chances of being the target of burglary.
- Acquire a home alarm system
- Lock all doors and windows no matter how briefly you'll be out of the house
- If you're going to be out of the house for a short time, create an illusion that you are home by leaving a light, television or radio on to create a sense of activity and presence.
- Acquire security cameras and doorbell camera. Ring cameras record activity over a cloud system and that will allow you to share suspicious information with other neighbors that have a ring device.
- If you’re going to be away for a longer time, such as a vacation, take a few simple precautions to keep your home from looking empty. Ask a neighbor to collect your mail and keep the door and porch clear of delivery notices, newspapers and fliers. Let your neighbors and the manager know how to reach you in case there’s an emergency.
- Keep the perimeter of your home well lighted. Installing low voltage outdoor lighting is a cost-effective way to discourage intruders, as well as highlight a house.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While significant large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.