Sheriff Jay Koon
Each of us plays an integral part in keeping our community safe, and this begins at home. Whether your housing development has a formal Neighborhood Watch group or just a handful of concerned residents, you can take steps to ensure your neighborhood is a safer place to live.
- If you see something, say something. Remain vigilant; report suspicious activity and visitors to your local police department. Be able to recognize who lives on your road and identify who may not belong.
- Prevent ease of theft. Ensure your car and house doors, and windows are locked. Don’t give thieves easy access to your property. Never leave spare keys in your vehicle. Did your neighbor forget to close their garage? Let them know.
- Don’t encourage curiosity. Ensure valuables are out of plain sight whether in your car or home. Refrain from leaving packaging for pricy possessions on the curb of your front lawn.
- Keep your neighbors informed. Going out of town? Ask your trusted neighbor to grab your mail so it doesn’t pile up and let them know when to expect your return. Do the same for them.
- Don’t become a target. Sharing your upcoming vacation or large purchase on social media invites criminals to take interest in your home while you’re away. Be cautious of what you post.
- Take initiative. Install motion-sensitive lights and cameras on the exterior of your home. Encourage your neighbors to do so as well. Many modern cameras can be conveniently monitored from an app on your phone.
Crime is everywhere and neighborhood safety requires a team effort. Do your part to keep our community safe so that future generations may also enjoy a comfortable place to call home. Interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group? Call: 803-785-2549.