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Easy Ways to Improve Security in Your Neighborhood

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We all want to keep our neighborhood as safe as possible. Fortunately, there are lots of easy ways to play your part in doing this. Here are the most important of them.

Use signage

This may surprise you but it is possible to deter thieves using a sign. Studies show that thieves are put off by beware of the dog, CCTV, and neighborhood watch signs.

They see all of these as a signal that the people in the area are alert, ready to work together and know how to deal effectively with any trouble. House breakers hate having to deal with dogs. Even small ones make a lot of noise, which attracts attention and can lead to the police being called.

Know your neighbors

Knowing your neighbors and their habits will help you to spot when something is wrong. It also makes it easier to find someone to keep an eye on your home when you are on vacation or at work. So, if there is a block party, be sure to attend.

Keep your neighborhood tidy

Vandals are far less likely to target a clean and tidy neighborhood. This has been proven time and time again by numerous studies.

If acts of vandalism should occur, get things cleaned up as quickly as possible. Provided you keep on doing that, the vandals soon get frustrated and move on.

Use anti-vandal paint

Using anti-vandal paint on walls and fences that run alongside the road is also a good idea. It also makes it far easier to clean up if you do happen to be targeted by vandals.

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Improve the lighting

Making sure that the lighting on your street is in good repair is important. Thieves and vandals prefer to act unseen. So, street lighting can put them off. It is also a good idea to put up some lights in your yard. If you are worried about the cost of running them just install the type that only come on when movement is detected.

Install CCTV

CCTV puts most troublemakers off. They do not want to get caught, so will normally go elsewhere.

When deciding what type to install, check out local rules and regulations. In some places, you can only record what happens on your property. So, you may need to adjust your cameras, so they do not film the street.

Support your local neighborhood watch group

If you live in an area with an active neighborhood watch group, do your best to support them. Even if you do not have the time to go on the patrols you can still provide financial support to enable them to buy equipment like torches, panic alarms and other useful items.

Make it look like you are home

Thieves will target streets that have lots of houses that look empty. So, the more people who set up timer lights to make it look like they are at home even when they are not the better it is for everyone. You can go online to learn the right way to use lights to mimic human activity and buy smart lights that can easily be programmed or controlled remotely.

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Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert is a devout Catholic, mother of five children, health and fitness enthusiast and positive parenting supporter. She is also the founder of the award winning online health, fitness, parenting and Christian faith magazine for moms, the Healthy Moms Magazine. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, five children and one spoiled cat. Her hobbies include gardening, country music, running, and playing her flute. Check out her first book, "Taking Care of your Family's Health and Well-being, Saints to Turn to and the Catholic Faith," available anywhere books are sold.