It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Oh wait no, it’s just 80-year-old Mr. Jones from across the street tackling a burglar.
Wondering what you can do to make your home and community a safer place to live? Take part in these crime prevention tips and be the community superhero .
1. Make Your Home Look Occupied
Whether it’s keeping a lamp on while you’re out, bars on a window, or a parked car in a driveway, these small measures can help you keep your home safe. Most burglars are looking for empty homes and obstacle-free access. Just the appearance that someone is at home can be an effective deterrence from homes and communities from being targeted.
2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Burglars will usually stake out a home before they actually attempt to break in. Watch for unfamiliar cars driving/parked on your street, be wary of criminals posing as door-to-door salesmen, and warn your neighbors of any suspicious activity. If your kids walk home from school, make sure they walk home with a group of friends.
3. Neighborhood Crime Watch
Gotham City has Batman, New York has Spiderman – what about your city? Granted, many of us aren’t billionaires and probably haven’t been bitten by radioactive spiders lately. However, tons of neighborhoods everywhere form watch groups to ensure that their families and neighbors are safe. Two heads are better than one, but how about an entire community standing up against crime? Burglars are looking for a fair fight; fair for themselves at least.
4. Get Home Security
Where the old “light in the window” or “community of vigilantes” bit fails to work, home security alarm systems stand strong. Obviously there’s no single way to wipe out crime altogether, but there’s a way to keep it from happening to you. Even just one homeowner having a home security system can cause a ripple effect of protection. In other words, studies show that burglars are less likely to target a home protected by a security system, and they are also less likely to attack neighboring houses. By protecting your home, you’re essentially protecting your neighbor’s home too.
Don’t become a target for burglars, be Smith smart. Safeguard your family and neighbors from crime with these safety tips!