Keeping our families and homes safe is one of our top priorities. When people move or look for a new home, safe neighborhoods rank high on the list of must-haves.  We know that one of your main focuses is protecting what is most important.  Here are a few tips to help you protect your home and stay on top of crime in your neighborhood.

Get to Know Your Neighbors 

You don’t have to become best friends with the people who live next door, but knowing your neighbors’ names, recognizing their faces and giving a friendly wave will help increase your familiarity and your safety.  Neighbors that keep an eye out for each other can identify when an unfamiliar car is in the driveway or if something seems outside of the normal routine for a neighbor.

Go Outside

Don’t be afraid to hang out in your front yard or go for a walk in your new neighborhood.  This will make you more approachable to your neighbors and help you establish a presence in the neighborhood.  Exercising around your block, walking the dog, washing your car or weeding your front yard are all great ways to become more acquainted with your community.  Would be criminals will be less likely to target a residence or neighborhood when people are around.

Apply Common Sense

We know it sounds silly, because you always make sure your vehicles are locked and your back gate is closed, of course. But what if the one time you forget is when an opportunist strikes? Teach your kids to always close and lock doors, windows and gates.

Join Up

Joining your neighborhood watch, attending HOA meetings or other community meetings will help you connect with neighbors and keep up with local happenings.  Neighborhood safety is a community effort and everyone has a vested interest in keeping their homes and families protected.

Connect Online

You can’t always connect face-to-face, but you can connect online through groups like nextdoor.com or neighborhood Facebook community groups. People may post about mundane things like garage sales and ask for a recommendation for a handyman, but in the event of an emergency, these groups are valuable resources. Accidents and crimes are also reported in these online forums.

We can help keep your belongings safe during a moove, but we want everyone to stay safe all the time!  Hopefully these suggestions will help you protect your family and your home.

Original source: https://squarecowmovers.com/is-your-home-safe/