Establish a Sense of Neighborhood
Friendship can be a strong bond and need not be
reciprocal or acknowledged. Good Neighbors watch out for their
neighbors, without intruding upon their privacy.
Remember you need not like or approve of anotherís lifestyle to be a
good neighbor to others and endeavor to assist them within the
parameters permitted you.
If your neighbors are willing,
you may establish either an informal or formal neighborhood watch
Leave a key with a
neighbor who can be contacted in the event that you should you
find yourself needing assistance in an emergency.
Your neighbor can
beckon help for you or enter your house to "check to make
sure you turned off the stove", feed your animals if your
return has been delayed or check on suspicious sights,
sounds or smells.
Give your travel
itinerary to a neighbor, and if you change your plans,
advise your neighbor. Exchange cell phone numbers.
Advise your neighbor whom to contact if you should go
If you plan on being
absent from your home for an extended period, you may encourage
your neighbor to park a car in your driveway to give it the
appearance of being "lived in."
Set up an e-mail list of
neighbors and keep each other informed. This is especially
helpful if you want to relay information without having to
participate in lengthy chats with a number of people. Everyone
is busy and e-mail is an efficient way of communicating. Try to
keep your neighborhood mailing brief and businesslike so that it
wonít get the stigma of "junk mail" attached to it.
Open your blinds during
the day so that you can "see" what is going on in your
neighborhood. Attune yourself to the familiar goings and comings
and the patterns of your surroundings so that you "know" when
something is amiss.
Keep your shrubbery and
trees pruned so that your neighbors could see someone trying to
break into your home. Donít leave ladders outside. Install
lighting. Donít leave notes on your door - announcing you are