In these times of economic distress, many people are concerned about the threat of rising crime in their
communities. Fortunately, there are ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. From
simple steps like keeping your doors locked to starting a Neighborhood Watch program, there are plenty of
things you can do to prevent crime.
Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Keep spare keys with a trusted
neighbor or nearby shopkeeper, not under a doormat or planter, on a ledge, or in the mailbox. Set timers on
lights when you're away from home or your business is closed, so they appear to be occupied. Illuminate or
eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and
entry ways. With many law enforcement agencies cutting costs, it has never been more important for citizens to
work together to prevent crime.
Downloadable Resources on Home and Neighborhood Safety