Top 7 Ways to Reduce Crime in Your Community
Preventing violence in your community is a challenge but each of us can do something about it.
Let’s help each other build neighborhoods where kids, teens, and adults can feel safe from crimes.
Here are some of the ways that could help your neighborhood to fight crime.
Install CCTV cameras inside and outside of your home to record and monitor any criminal activity. It can help in the apprehension of criminals when you capture the crime on video.
When you leave, lock your doors and windows and leave a sign that you have cameras rolling in your house— criminals hate cameras.
Improve Street Lighting
The need for more efficient street lighting is an important service that each city government should provide.
Improving environmental measures by placing brighter lights in poorly lit areas can help reduce crime because dimly lit neighborhoods make it easy for criminals to operate unnoticed.
Engage in Community Watch
Talk with your neighbors and learn the normal happenings at their homes.
When you know your neighbors and you know the people who belong in your neighborhood, you will also know if something is wrong. If a criminal enters one of your neighbors’ homes, you will never think twice.
Keep in Mind the Impact of Illegal Drugs
Illicit drug abuse doesn’t only affect individuals but also their families, friends, and the society.
The use of illegal drugs can increase the chances of being in dangerous situations and compromise the safety of self and others such as committing serious crimes unknowingly. It’s important to ensure that everyone in your community is educated about drugs’ negative impact.
Observe Gun Safety
The presence of illegal firearms in homes can increase the risk of violence but there are some people keeping them to protect themselves.
If you keep firearms at home, make sure you legally own them. Also, make sure that everyone else at home is fully trained in firearms safety and that the weapon is safely stored or unloaded.
Help children and everyone to learn about the consequences of violence. Letting them lay out their thoughts about violence can help them learn how to think through this and other issues.
Additionally, educate children and everyone on how to handle conflicts and problems without using force. Teach children, in particular, that bullying is wrong; help them learn to say no to bullies.
Strengthen the Community
Violence anywhere in the community can affect all. Establish community standards and policies that reject violence and other crimes.