Crime Stoppers: Neighborhood Safety and Awareness

Expand your home security to include your neighborhood and help prevent crime.


Your home security and safety plan begins in your home, but in order to keep your family truly safe, you need to go past the front door and into your neighborhood. Crime stoppers don’t just look out for themselves, they look out for others – especially their friends and neighbors. Follow these tips to make your home and community safer by getting active in your community – and helping others get active, too. The more neighbors you enlist, the safer you all will be.

1. Get to Know Your Neighbor

Taking the first step in making your community safer is as simple as starting a conversation. Taking the time to get to know your neighbors and letting them get to know you will help both of you. Becoming familiar with each other’s routines can help with recognizing when something out of the ordinary occurs.

2. Keep Your Kids Safe

If you or your neighbors have kids there are some steps you can take to help ensure their safety when they’re out of the house:

3. Get Organized

Informally working on crime prevention with your neighbors is a great start, but to make your neighborhood as safe as possible, you should consider implementing a Neighborhood Watch group. Sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and with roots dating back to colonial days, neighborhood watches are one of the most effective ways to deter crime in your community.

4. Be Aware

Understand the risks and threats to you and your family and neighbors by gathering facts about crime in your area. In addition to reading police reports, there are online resources available, such as SpotCrime and CrimeReports which map criminal activity in your area. You can also visit NeighborhoodScout which provides detailed statistics and demographic information of your community – or the area you’re considering moving to.

It’s extremely important to you and your family’s safety to know who is living in and around your neighborhood. The U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender database can help you identify if any predators live or work nearby.  Other sources, such as and will also show you where registered offenders live on a map.



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