Beware of an Increase in “Bumping” Burglaries

August 10th, 2013

If you’re determined to take charge and take action to make your neighborhood or community a safer one, then you need to have the knowledge to make that happen. There’s no point in just bemoaning the horrors of crime in your area without being able to also offer some strategically researched solutions. It’s with that mindset that we highlight the following books you may want to access to lend validity to your suggestions. 350 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime (National Crime Prevention Council) is a large reference book covering successful strategies in crime prevention. Included are strategies for neighborhood and civic groups, Direct TV Offers, citizens, and local governments. Issues covered include community mobilization, prevention of drug use, youth safety, and creating safe public places. Washington, DC: National Crime Prevention Council, 1995. 150 Tested Strategies to Prevent Crime in Small Cities, Counties, and Rural Communities (National Crime Prevention Council) is a description of promising neighborhood crime prevention strategies, partnerships, obstacles, and contacts, organized by community population and concept. Fight Back: How to Take Back Your Neighborhood, Schools, and Families from the Drug Dealers (Michael Levine) was written by one of the most effective narcotic agents in drug war history and the author of NY Times bestseller Deep Cover, this book is a tactical anti-drug manual for families, communities and schools. 50 Ways to a Safer World: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Prevent Violence in Neighborhoods, Schools and Communities (Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggans, Barrie Levy) is an all purpose guide to help readers manage and combat violence in their community to make it a safer place. The book covers personal safety, safety in the home, safety on the street, and safety in the community, all in an accessible and easy-to-implement manner with each of the 50 suggested actions is thoroughly explained and laid out in a useful format.

Practicing for Emergencies: Before Leaving Kids Home Alone

June 25th, 2013

Parents who are planning to start leaving the kids home alone will want to practice for emergencies before leaving youngsters in charge of their own care. Learn more about how to practice for emergency situations below.

Fire is a common emergency that families practice for when the children start staying home alone. Explain to the kids that you will be testing them on fire safety before they can stay home alone; then sound the smoke detector when they are not expecting it, give them pop-quizzes on what to do if they Read the rest of this entry »

What to Teach Children About Strangers

May 8th, 2013

Nowadays, it is very difficult to feel safe when you send your child to school or allow them to hang out with their friends. So many kids get put into situations publicly that can be dangerous or uncomfortable for them. This is why it is a very wise decision to teach your children about the dangers associated with talking to strangers. While it is important for you to tell your kids that they should not do anything a stranger asks them to do, you also need to make sure Read the rest of this entry »

Report Suspicious Behavior: If it Doesn’t Look Right, it Probably Isn’t

March 21st, 2013

Creating a safe environment in our neighborhoods is an important job we have today. Maintaining a good relationship with your neighbors can lead to a safer neighborhood. Keeping a good rapport with your neighbors helps to identify suspicious activity faster. Good neighbors should help each other with various problems to keep the neighborhood safe.

Involving yourself with your neighbors within a neighborhood watch program is a good start to a safer community. A neighborhood watch will make sure everyone is safe in the community. Neighborhood watch programs usually report suspicious events occurring Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing a Safe House in Your Neighborhood

June 11th, 2012

Before becoming enamored with homes you would like to purchase, check out the neighborhood. This is especially true if you are moving to an unfamiliar area. Look to the local police for crime statistics and if there is a prison nearby. The Chamber of Commerce is another good resource. Your broker can provide demographic statistics as well. Once you are comfortable that you are in your preferred area, you can start looking into the school system and riding Read the rest of this entry »

Consider Taking a Self Defense Class

July 21st, 2011

Though targeted most at females, a self-defense class can be beneficial for a person of any sex, age, and race. Everyone likes to think they live in a safe world where they are protected from any forms of harm, but reality shows that things do not always work out that way. It is better to be prepared in the chance of a situation arising than to not be prepared if one actually does.

What is self-defense? Literally speaking, self-defense is defending ones self. It also means having awareness at all times and possessing the skills to Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of Security Systems

April 27th, 2011

Security systems protect your investments, as well as the people you love. The home contains many valuable items located within a small area. This makes theft a huge possibility, and a lucrative endeavor for any criminally minded entrepreneur.

Investing in a security system means that you can leave your home peacefully, without the worry that your things are in jeopardy. Living your life without stress is a much healthier alternative to living with constant worry.

Your home is where your loved ones sleep, and if a criminal enters your home Read the rest of this entry »

Three Tips to Create a Safer Household

April 12th, 2011

When you want a safe place to raise your family, choosing the right neighborhood can be one of the most important deciding factors when you buy a house. You want a neighborhood that is safe for your kids to play in, and you want a neighborhood you can feel secure in. With the hustle and bustle of day to day life, it can be very hard to get to know your neighbors, but knowing the people you live around is important because all of you play a role in keeping your neighborhood safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Simple Steps to Help Keep Neighborhoods Save

March 17th, 2011

Living in a safe neighborhood is the top priority for many families. There are simple steps that people can take to help make sure their neighborhood stays as safe as possible. The most important step is making sure that there is communication between everyone living in the neighborhood. When people talk to each other about what problems are occurring, and what might occur in the future, people can do a better job protecting themselves.

One simple way to do this is start some type of neighborhood watch program. This can be just a simple program that keeps everyone aware of threats and the lines of communication open. It is also important to educate children about the dangers of drugs and strangers to make sure they remain safe.

Keeping personal possessions and homes secured is a great way to also keep neighborhoods safe. By doing this burglars and other people are less likely to come back to a particular neighborhood. One of the best ways to keep a home safe would be with a home security system. This will alert you and the police of anything strange going on. By keeping homes safe and by keeping lines of communication open; neighborhoods can remain protected.

Take Advantage of Technology

December 22nd, 2010

With our world being as busy as it is it’s not always convenient to stop by a neighbor’s house to ask questions about neighborhood issues, convey information, or just to get the word out that you’re having a BBQ in two hours and the back gate is open to all! Our neighborhood recently started using i-neighbors as a method to do all of those things and more. Recently there was some very suspicious activity in the neighborhood and within minutes of it being noticed by one homeowner, every registered homeowner on the site was alerted and the police were called. Likewise, when someone in the neighborhood has a general question like “who can you recommend for lawn service (or babysitting, or roof repairyou get the idea), the forum is open for first-hand references and testimonials. The site was launched in 2004 and it now serves thousands of neighborhoods across the United States and Canada. The site’s tag line is “bringing your neighbors together,” and it certainly does — without having to walk door-to-door to get a message out.