Protecting your
neighbourhood

While you may already be conscious of home security, crime within your wider community can be a tricky problem to address. Keeping your neighbourhood safe is essential to maintaining community spirit, as well as personal wellbeing and protection. Whether you’re close with your neighbours, or you don’t often speak, it’s likely you both value the safety of your shared surroundings – so how, exactly, can you protect your neighbourhood?

Why is community
safety important?

Everyone needs – and deserves – to feel safe at home. On a personal level, feeling unsafe within your community can directly impact how safe you feel inside your home. If you’re worried about break-ins or car theft, you might struggle to relax at night or when in the house alone. Feeling uneasy due to crime or danger in your neighbourhood can really impact your wellbeing, often causing or adding to stress and anxiety - not to mention the potential risk to you or your property.

But it’s not just your own tranquility at stake – a dangerous neighbourhood impacts just about everyone living in it. Be it businesses reluctant to operate within the area, lesser funding from councils, children unable to play out safely or the elderly in a much more vulnerable position. When this happens, house prices can also fall – according to a 2015 Which? survey, 90% of buyers are unwilling to compromise on crime levels – making it tricky to simply pack up and move out.

Essentially, making an effort to keep your neighbourhood safe helps to keep it a nice place to live (or work). It contributes to stable house prices, and it can also bring your neighbours together. In fact, community groups or communication alone can instantly make your area a little safer – it encourages a culture of looking out for each other, and deters criminals from offending where people know them.

So, how safe is your neighbourhood?

Moving somewhere new, or only just starting to think about neighbourhood safety? Our crime map makes it easy to visualise official crime statistics in your area, giving you a better idea of recorded criminal activities near your neighbourhood.

Crime in my Area

Data for the last 12 months within a 1 mile raduis of leeds

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Here at ADT we’ve been proving peace of mind for over 145 years. Today 237,000 households trust us to secure their homes.

Our yellow bell box alone is famous across the nation and a great visual deterrent for burglars, but it’s our round the clock monitoring that sets us apart. Our team of experts are on-hand 24/7/365 to make sure your alarm is never ignored, alongside other great products.

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We’re local to you

Crime can be found in every corner of the country, fortunately we can too. We have thousands of branches and installers nationwide. So no matter where you are you’ll be able to find ADT experts to keep your home safe.

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While crime will always be a concern in every corner of the country, there are some areas where the rate of incidents is higher than others. We’ve taken a closer look at the cities with the highest rate of UK crime to see how the figures break down.

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Community safety is impacted by a range of factors - for example, according to ONS statistics, theft and robbery offences dropped by 43% and 47% from April to June 2020, compared to the year before. While that’s a great statistic, it’s more likely reflecting the effects of people staying at home during lockdown periods rather than a true reduction in crime – so don’t forget to put crime statistics in context when researching the safety of an area.

Many crimes go unreported, and sometimes the negative behaviours within your community don’t warrant police intervention. So, while it’s definitely important to review official crime figures in your neighbourhood, it’s also important to pay attention to the beginnings of anti-social behaviour in the area.

Looking out for the
vulnerable in your community

Unfortunately, the most vulnerable in our communities are often at higher risk of targeting for residential crimes. For example, the elderly can sometimes be targeted with scams, the vulnerable with theft, children with bullying. It’s extremely important to regularly check-up on those you feel are more vulnerable. If you are concerned, there are a number of things you can do depending on your worries:

  • Ask them directly. If you have a good relationship with whoever you’re concerned about, consider chatting through your concerns to confirm or disprove any worries.
  • Speak to a trusted carer. For example, if you’re worried about a vulnerable older resident, try talking to a family member or care staff.
  • Talk to the authorities. For serious concerns, you should contact the relevant authorities – like the police or social services.

How to know if your
neighbourhood is being targeted

If you think issues might already be arising in your neighbourhood, there are a few signs you can look out for. It’s extremely important to not impose on your neighbours, so it’s imperative you don’t monitor others’ property and activities excessively. However, here are some common clues to look out for in your neighbourhood, that could suggest you’re being targeted by criminals or anti-social behaviour:

  • Disingenuous door-to-door salespeople
  • Sudden influx of unfamiliar people and vehicles
  • Suspiciously watching, recording or taking photos of your neighbourhood
  • Markings or symbols on houses
  • Increased anti-social activity
  • Threatening or violent behaviour
  • Increasing crime rates

Reporting local crime

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to witness crime in your neighbourhood, it can be very unsettling. We would always encourage that you report any crime you see to the relevant authorities. Though this may feel like a big step, it’s the best thing to do to improve safety in your area.

For non-urgent reports, you can call 101 for assistance. If it’s an emergency, call 999 immediately. If you’re unsure about what does and doesn’t count as a crime, and whether or not it should be reported, you can find more detailed information on the POLICE.UK website.

It’s completely normal to worry about contacting the police to report local crime – but remember, they’re there to help. According to Telephone-operated Crime Survey for England and Wales (TCSEW), UK public perceptions of the police throughout 2020 have been largely positive - with 9 in 10 adults “satisfied with the way local police were responding to the pandemic” – meaning most people have been happy with police outcomes, even in trying times.

For more information about safety and security at home, visit our blog, or get in touch with a helpful member of our team. Our flexible ADT security packages are designed around you, helping you feel safer in your neighbourhood, so why not get a free quote today?

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