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Be a Good Neighbour

Good neighbours should look out for each other. Get to know your neighbours on each side of your home and the three directly across the street. Invite them into your home, communicate often, and establish trust. Good neighbours will watch out for your home or apartment when you are away, if you ask them. They can report suspicious activity to the police or to you while you are away.
Between them, good neighbours can see to it that normal services continue. Good neighbours can pick up your mail, newspapers and can inspect the outside or inside of your home periodically to see that all is well. Good neighbours will occasionally park in your driveway to give the appearance of occupancy while you are on vacation.
Allowing a neighbour to have a key solves the problem of hiding a key outside the door. Experienced burglars know to look for hidden keys in plant boxes, under doormats, and above the ledge. Requiring the plumber to ask your neighbour to retrieve and return your house key will send the message that someone is watching.
This neighbourhood watch technique sets up what is called territoriality which means that your neighbours will take ownership and responsibility for what occurs in your mini-neighbourhood. This concept works in both single family homes communities and on apartment properties. This practice helps deter burglaries and other crimes in a big way. Of course for this to work, you must reciprocate and offer the same services.

  1. Get to know all your adjacent neighbours
  2. Invite them into your home and establish trust
  3. Agree to watch out for each other's home
  4. Do small tasks for each other to improve territoriality
  5. While on vacation - pick up newspapers, and flyers
  6. Offer to occasionally park your car in their driveway
  • Return the favour and communicate often