Ways to work with your local authorities
When it comes to the safety of your home, there’s no doubt that having a reliable home security system plays a big part. If you want to take it to the next level, getting involved with your local neighborhood or community shows that you care not only about your well-being, but of those around you.
Magnanimous behavior tends to be contagious – thus encouraging follow members of your community to get involved with fixing issues of safety and crime in one’s community.
Local police forces applaud citizens who proactively strive to make their neighborhood, city, or town a better place to live. It builds the trust between police and community – a relationship that has been less than warm due to several tragic incidents across the nation through the past several months.
Tensions don’t always have to be high, and there are plenty of ways that you and your neighborhoods can work with your local police force.
1. Start a Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch programs have been around since the 1970’s, and their presence can be found all across the country. Starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your area is as simple as reaching out to your local police force. They should be happy to provide essential training and materials that you and other participants will need to conduct a proper program.
Community members who are active on in a Neighborhood Watch program agree to “look out” for one another’s homes and property. It is however important to distinguish one’s self as a citizen and not a policeman or policewoman themselves.
2. Ask to hold public meetings
While public meetings are a part of Neighborhood Watch programs, citizens should have the ability to hold such events with their local police when requested. If you and other members of your community have concerns, don’t be afraid to call or write to your local police about it. Also see if it’s possible to hold a public meeting in a community center, church, or other open forum.
Local business owners who hold the same concerns as you may also be happy to hold a meeting on their grounds as well.
Police will listen to issues when met face-to-face with concerned citizens. Making your name and face familiar to the police and others helps build long-term relationships, thus enhancing the overall health of the community.
3. Reach out to local officials
Your local town government is there to listen to you, and their power influences the activity of other public branches such as police. With enough people and a good case, it is highly encouraged that you reach out to your local officials about any concerns you might be having about your suburb or neighborhood.
Calling, petitioning, or simply paying a visit (within reason) are valid means of gaining the attention of your local officials.
Just let your voice be heard!
As a law-abiding citizen and concerned homeowner or renter, you have the right to reach out to your local officials and authorities. Don’t be afraid to speak what is on your mind, as well as the mind of others. Building these relationships with your town can mean more transparency, enhanced understanding, and most importantly – reduced crime.