Do you know who your neighbours are? Are you aware of their schedules, whether they are on holiday, or if there is a reason that their mail is building up?
In the modern technology age, it is somehow more difficult to get to know those around us. Where once we knew everything about our neighbours, it is common for a silent wave to be all that pass between them now. However, creating a community and knowing your neighbours can be a vital ingredient in the security of your home.
Take the initiative to get to know those around you, and create a secure community. There are a number of ways that you can do this, including:
- Host a Meet and Greet
One of the simplest ways to get to know your neighbours is by hosting a street meet and greet. This will allow you to initiate a friendship with those around you, and provide you with a stepping stone to work from. By doing so, you can start to understand the schedules that they may have with their given career, if they work from home, or if they have any upcoming trips that could compromise the safety of their home.
It will also give you the arena to propose the idea of watching out for each other, and the creation of a neighbourhood watch group. Trade all important contact details in case of emergency, and give them an indication of the amount of family members or housemates that you may have, if any.
- Understand Each Other’s Schedules
Once you have met your neighbours and established a strong community bond, it would be worth starting to understand their general schedule. This can ensure that you are all aware of the movements in and out of homes, and throughout your street. By letting neighbours know of any upcoming trips away, there can be extra eyes on your house and a someone to maintain the façade of your home as you’re away.
- Harness the Internet
If it all seems too daunting or difficult to plan a meet up in your area, there are other ways to get in touch with those in the area. Social media pages such as Facebook can tend to have Groups listed in your area, so you simply just have to search your community to discover the connections around you. By joining these groups, you can not only connect with those in your area, but be aware of any disturbances that may be happening around you. From lost animals to car break ins, all of these things are usually mentioned within these community groups. It can act as an extra warning system, and allow you to prepare your house in case of intruders in the area.
Having community connections can be the one thing that your security plan is missing. Ensure that above your monitoring and security systems you have a neighbour looking out for you. It can make all the difference!