Guest Post: 6 Ideas to Reduce Crime in Your Community

6 Ideas to Reduce Crime in Your Community

The current economic situation has many individuals and communities struggling to make ends meet. Cities and towns are cutting back on law enforcement in order to balance their budgets, and some citizens are turning to criminal activity in desperate attempts to survive or lash out in frustration. Crime has increased in areas with high foreclosure rates and abandoned homes, and citizens need to increase efforts to protect themselves and their property. Consider these ideas to help reduce crime in your neighborhood:

1. Raise the Lights – Lights prevent criminals from sneaking around in the shadows. Those with motion sensors and timers help keep criminals guessing when residents may be away. You should also communicate with city leaders to make sure your community has enough lighting in public areas to reduce the likelihood of criminal activity.

2. Know Your Neighbors – The more you know people in your community, the more they will trust and look out for you. Criminals will find it more difficult to steal from or harm you because you are not a faceless person in the crowd.

3. Travel in Groups – You shouldn’t have to feel trapped to the point where you can’t go outside in the evening. If you need to make trips at night, coordinate plans with others so that you have at least one person with you at all times.

4. Increase Your Awareness – You should be vigilant when walking around your community to let criminals know you’re paying attention. Walk confidently, monitor your surroundings, and know where you’re going before you head out. Whenever possible, keep valuables in your front pockets and hold any bags in front of you so that they would be difficult to grab.

5. Check the Locks – The easiest way to prevent crime is to make sure your doors and windows are locked. Criminals often don’t have much time to act, so that obstacle could be all you need to avoid being a victim.

6. Volunteer in the Community – If your community is suffering through tough times, chances are some residents are drifting toward desperation. Make yourself aware of these people and try to organize services to help them. If your community is unable to offer services, try to work with friends and neighbors by volunteering when you can to keep residents from falling into criminal activity.

Criminals look for easy targets and quick getaways to avoid getting caught. When they have fewer opportunities to target you and your community, they will likely move on to other locations. Foster a community that knows and looks out for fellow citizens to help prevent criminal activity from taking root.

Author Bio

Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to http://www.nanny.net/service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.

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