The safety benefits of knowing your neighbours
The idea of having a neighbourhood watch is well-established, but it really helps residents in certain areas feel safe and promotes the idea of everyone keeping an eye on one another’s homes. Besides giving families the security of belonging to a community that is involved and invested in the safety of all homeowners, even just the act of getting to know your neighbours can be reassuring.
This is especially true for people who are originally from out of town and do not have family or friends nearby. Getting to know the people, who live next door to you or in your street, is a great way to feel secure and comfortable in your new home.
Generally, the same faces are in and out of the houses in your road, and as time passes, you will learn to recognise your neighbours’ friends. This is good for spotting intruders who may be lurking on your neighbours’ property when they aren’t there. The same is true as your neighbours could also spot anyone who doesn’t belong on your property and could report it to the police.
Even if you aren’t going to become friends, it is beneficial to have your neighbours’ numbers in your phone. This helps if you want to inform them of someone who seems to be on their property without permission, or even just to check if everything is okay when the dogs are barking hysterically, or if you hear a loud noise or screaming!
Good neighbours can be especially helpful when you are away from home, explains AndThenWeSaved.com. They can keep an eye on your property, collect your mail and walk and even look after your dog. “Since we wake up early with Henry and don’t travel as much as we used to, we often look after and feed our two different neighbours’ cats when our neighbours are out-of-town. It’s super easy for us to do this and saves them time and money as they don’t have to kennel their pets, and then the cats get to stay in their home and be comfortable,” says the writer of the article.