These are a few best practices that can help:
- Lock Up
The simplest way to prevent unwanted intruders is to remind homeowners to lock up at night or when they’re away.
- Leave A Light On
A lighted neighborhood is a safer neighborhood. Encourage homeowners to leave an exterior light on at night, and if cost is a concern, remind them of the options for energy efficient bulbs that use just a few dollars’ worth of energy per year.
- Create a Community Network
When neighbors in your community know each other, they can watch out for each other, too. Knowing which neighbors belong where can make it easier to notice when something or someone is out of place.
- Take A Walk
Encouraging neighbors to do a casual inspection of the community during morning, afternoon, or evening walks helps keep an eye on what’s going on, and also can deter would-be trouble makers as they see more people out and about.
- Keep Things Clean
A clean community isn’t just pleasant to look at. It also sends a message to everyone who comes into the neighborhood that it’s a place people care about, and one that they are committed to caring for.
- Speak Up
Most importantly, encourage residents to report any crime or suspicious activity they may see around the neighborhood, even if it seems like a small incident. Make sure homeowners have the police’s non-emergency number (972-424-5678) somewhere accessible in their home, such as on a fridge magnet.
In the end, it takes a group effort with homeowners who care about their community and get personally involved to make a difference. YOU can personally make a big impact on keeping our neighborhood a great place to live.
EFC HOA Volunteer Lead – Neighborhood / Crime Watch