In many ways, a neighborhood is an extension of the home. It should serve as a safe haven where kids can roam, play and socialize with other kids in the area. Unfortunately, too many communities lack the security necessary to make parents feel okay about letting their young ones explore freely. What can you do to create a safe zone for your kids and others within your neighborhood?
Who are your neighbors?
Much of the suspicion a person feels about their community is tied to what is known and unknown about those living amongst them. They could be among the bad apples, or they could be a positive influence on the youth in the area. You’ll never know unless you reach out to them, make small talk, get a sense of how their kids behave … anything that can clue you in to whether or not they are a positive or negative influence.
One of the perks of knowing your neighbors is that they can become another set of eyes watching over your interests, especially when you’re out of town. Also, if there is ever an emergency, your kids will know that they can go to those trusted homes and find safety.
Spearhead a neighborhood watch?
When you’ve gotten to know who to trust in your area, see who is interested in joining a neighborhood watch program. You can even establish block captains who will be in charge of specific tasks, helping to keep everyone in the community up to date on tasks.
When everyone pitches in on a large dumpster rental, the cost of clearing out unwanted junk is greatly reduced and will entice everyone to work together to take pride in their community.
Here are some responsibilities common with watch programs’ block captains:
- Pass on information offered by individual residents and area coordinators
- Maintain and distribute new neighbor information packets
- Manage phone and email lists
- Distribute home security manuals to residents and collect any fees necessary for “crime watch” signs
For the most part, any resident taking part in a program simply agrees to keep an eye on others’ property and report suspicious activities to police and to nearby residents.
Practice street safety
In areas where traffic is slow and minimal, it’s not uncommon for the street to be part of the “playground.” However, street safety education is a must. Make sure kids know to look both ways before entering the street, and establish boundaries for how far out children are allowed to play.
Placing street signs that alert drivers about “Children Playing” throughout the community will also offer an added layer of protection. Finally, make it known to all residents that speeding will not be tolerated.
Schedule block clean up events
Residents become more invested in their communities when they take steps to beautify it. Scheduling regular trash pickup events can help neighbors share the cost of disposing of refuse in their homes or from their yards. When everyone pitches in on a large dumpster rental, the cost of clearing out unwanted junk is greatly reduced and will entice everyone to work together to take pride in their community.
If your community wants to schedule a big clean up, contact us at A City Suburban Services, Inc. We’ll drop off a dumpster for you and your neighbors to use, and we’ll pick it up when your event is over. If you have questions about what size is going to work best for you, just give us a call and we’ll help you out.