High-Value Home Protection Guide > Forming a Neighborhood Watch
Home is where the heart is, and it’s where you spend most of your time creating memories with loved ones. The last thing any homeowner wants is to expose their prized home to potential threats, including burglaries. Consumer Reports states that more than 2.1 million burglaries were reported in the United States in 2012. That’s one every 15 seconds, according to the FBI, proving just how easy it is for burglars to gain entry. So, why risk it? We’ve already covered the basics, including how to choose the right security system and creating safe habits. In addition to these, consider adopting the following tips for implementing a neighborhood watch program. As your first line of defense should anything go awry, ensure your Bergen County NJ High-Value Home Insurance policy is up to date.
Who should join?
First, gather various residents in your neighborhood who wish to participate in implementing the program. It doesn’t have to take a lot of effort or time, which might turn off potential participants. Instead, find people who are passionate about their homes and want to join in on making the neighborhood as safe as possible.
Meetings should be held on weeknights at a time when everyone can join. Avoid scheduling these meetings around rush hour, give everyone enough time to get home from work. Make sure to create an itinerary of things you want to cover in the meeting so that it remains under an hour.
The meeting preferably is held in the neighborhood at someone’s home. This way people can just walk to the meeting. This has been found across the country to be much more effective since the objective is to meet and get to know your neighbors, says Miami Herald.
A police officer should host the meeting in conjunction with the residents. The officer provides information regarding crime trends, crime statistics, his role as a community officer and what his department is doing to assist the community.
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