Every homeowner spends a lot of time thinking about property safety. Learning about break-ins, burglaries and crime sprees in your neighbourhood can put you on high alert, and leave you wondering about how to improve your home security. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to increase the security of your home and help your neighbours out too.
How To Set Up A Neighbourhood Watch Group
The best way to improve security in your neighbourhood is to get everyone involved. If there isn’t already a neighbourhood watch group in your area, you could start one yourself. You only need a few friends and neighbours on board to start with, and from there, the community will grow. The Neighbourhood Watch website can offer advice on where to get started. Neighbourhood Watch groups often host community clean up events to remove litter, graffiti and overgrown bushes. A clean, well-lit neighbourhood is an excellent deterrent for criminals.
What To Do If You Can’t Get A Neighbourhood Watch Group Established
If you are unable to start a neighbourhood watch group for any reason, there are still ways to get your neighbours involved with home security. There are some little things you can do to build rapport with your neighbours. For example, when your neighbours go on holiday, consider:
• Watering their outdoor plants
• Taking out and bringing in their garbage bins for garbage collection day
• Collecting their mail or newspapers
• Listening out for sirens from their home security system
If you help out your neighbours, they’ll be sure to repay the favour.
Ensure Your Neighbours Know How To Stay Safe
As much as you can, encourage your neighbours to stay alert and keep on the lookout for any suspicious activity. If they don’t already have proper security systems installed, such as a Master Key System or window safety device, advise them on why these security features are so important. A neighbourhood that is serious about home security is a safe neighbourhood.
A locksmith can help with installing these imperative security features. If you’re looking for a locksmith and are located in or around Sydney’s North Shore, contact us at Lock, Stock & Barrel Locksmiths, and we can work through a plan to optimise security for your home and neighbourhood.