Especially when it comes to security
How did people protect their homes in the days before home alarms? Well, they relied on their community. And in streets all over the country that sense of comradery is still thriving. From a friendly chat over the fence, to taking in each other’s parcels.
But what can you do to show support to neighbours that will really help improve their security? And likewise, what can they do for you? Here are a few ideas from the experts at ADT:
Get to know your neighbours
First thing’s first, get to know your neighbours. This could be as big as throwing a garden party, or as small as an introduction next time you see them leaving the house. That way if someone on your street were to get burgled, you have a support system literally on your doorstep.
Take note of people in your area
While you’re introducing yourself to households nearby, it’s good to take note of who people are around the neighbourhood. Are there elderly people who may need help, houses with teenage kids who could cause mischief, or students likely to attract burglars’ attention? You’ll get to know where you can help out, what to watch out for and also come to recognise anyone who isn’t a part of your community hanging around.
Set up a neighbourhood watch
If you have a strong enough group of neighbours interested in making their homes safer, why not set up a neighbourhood watch? From litter clean ups, to patrols, this organisation brings together communities with small tasks to create a safer UK. Take a look at their website for some inspiration.
Park on the drive
If you’re away on holiday, or even just for the evening, why not ask a neighbour to park on your drive. That way any opportunistic thieves will think you and your family are home and turn tail.
Sort the post
Even small signs of vacation can give burglars all the momentum they need to rob a property. Post on the doormat is a clear sign you’ve not been home in a while. Ask a neighbour to pop by and collect your letters at least every couple of days.
Turn on outdoor lighting
Having a well-lit street is key to put off potential intruders. Make a rota with neighbours to pop on their outdoor lights. That way you share the cost and keep the street lit up to minimise burglaries.
Are there any other ways your neighbours help you keep your home safe? We’d love to hear about them on Twitter or Facebook. And remember, if you need any help with home security our experts are on-hand 24/7/365 to give you advice.