‘Love thy neighbor’, once said the savior. Whether you believe in a savior or not, you must admit, it is a valid idea in the practical sense also. The integrity of your locality is a vital extension to the safety of your household. Besides, ensuring neighborhood safety also fosters a wonderful community feeling based on harmony and cooperation. Getting along together is the primary need of any successful group venture.
In addition, neighborhood wellness programs can also serve to lift the hopes of a broken community. Many crimes stem from a desperate sense of survival in a broken man/woman. One needs to take a well-thought approach for area safety. There are several key ways to ensure that. Look up the following practical ideas to make your place the safest it has ever been.
Know the people
The safety venture has to be a community project. Of course, individual participation is important. You can start an initiative of your own, but you need the support of others to make it successful. Begin with knowing your neighbors with an attitude of cooperation. This does not happen in a day, but you can proceed in a systematic way.
Meet up with the faces you frequently see. Discuss the importance of maintaining a close-knit community. Take some time out of your busy schedule to meet neighbors who keep alone. Let the warmth of social kinship be the foundation of your safety initiative.
Arrange meets to discuss issues
The best way to follow a methodical approach is to set up a blueprint of action. Arrange neighbor meetings at some place. The place can be your church, gurudwara, temple, school, or the community center. You can even meet up at someone’s backyard for a barbecue.
Neighbors must be able speak their concerns freely at the social gathering. Note down the problems somewhere. Also, make it a point to share your phone numbers. Classify the issues into personal (private conflicts between neighbors) and impersonal (road safety, crime patrol, etc.).
Talk out to ease private conflicts
Fostering the sense of harmony is vital to ensure safety. Otherwise, neighbors do not come out to help each other. A community represents a collection of people from different walks of life. Neighbors have differences in cultural backgrounds, professional positions, religious persuasions, among other things.
Everyone needs to express their conflicts of differences to find a resolution. You may have to deal with demons such as sexism, homophobia, racism, and other kinds of prejudices. Find the right healing words to communicate so that you can guarantee the safest neighborhood.
Take necessary steps for the general concerns
Speeding cars pose a heavy threat to road safety just out of your patio. Neighbors should consent at observing certain driving safety regulations in the locality. These should include slow driving, less honking, and good parking (not encroaching on the private space of another).
In addition, you can also set up a signboard to notify the cars from outside in following your neighborhood guidelines. Look up the Cittaslow movement, known internationally as the League of Slow Cities.
Be alert on crime issues
If you sense the inkling of a brewing crime, do not neglect it. Take urgent steps in confirming your suspicion. Talk with others in the area. If need be, inform the police about your concern. You should have all the security measures in place, so that you don’t have to regret later. Prevention is better than cure.
Art as a safety spell
Art has a potent healing effect through expression. It also has a strong restorative value. Besides, it can also be a good source of income in a struggling economy.
The Village of Art and Humanities in a North Philadelphia neighborhood is a good example of this effort. This area once bore an apocalyptic desertion because of deep economic breakdowns. Professor Lily Yeh of the Philadelphia School of Fine Arts took notice and started a community art project 20 years ago. The Art village now stands as a symbol of hope.
Create neighborhood social media page
This is an amazing way to connect and resolve neighborhood issues. Create a social media page, post photos of your locality, interact with others, and discuss all necessary issues.