Home and Neighborhood Safety
Crime prevention and personal safety tips to help keep you and your community safe from crime
In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent crime.
Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Keep spare keys with a trusted neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox. Set timers on lights when you're away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways. With many law enforcement agencies cutting costs, it has never been more important for citizens to work together to prevent crime.
Information about Home and Neighborhood Safety
Neighborhood Safety Tips For Parents
Advice for parents on keeping your kids safe in your neighborhood
Tips and information on starting and running a Neighborhood Watch program
Techniques people can use to reduce crime in their communities
Gas Station Theft Prevention
Tips and posters for preventing crime in gas stations
This online Flier Travel Safety Tips from National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff The Crime Dog
Twenty-one lessons drawn from the experiences of dozens of communities suggest strategies for success, identify vital elements for starting and maintaining community mobilization efforts, and look at surmounting common obstacles.
Locking Your Home
Times have changed, and locks have changed, but burglars still look for homes that are easy targets.
Neighborhood Watch Needs You
This publication discusses reasons to get involved, the kinds of activities Watch groups do, and how they can help a neighborhood strengthen hometown and homeland security activities.
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