An active neighbourhood collaboration reduces the burglary by a quarter – and 19 out of 20 burglaries prefer to avoid your residential area altogether. How to start and do neighbourhood work in your residential area.
Neighbouring cooperation works in Home security – it makes you and your neighbours safer and reduces the burglary by a quarter. In addition, in a survey, 95 percent of burglars say that they prefer to avoid areas with active neighbouring collaborations. It does not mean that the thieves stop breaking down, but instead they choose an area that does not have a neighbouring effect. In other words, starting neighbouring cooperation becomes even more important the more areas that start.
Here’s how to start the neighbourhood collaboration in your residential area:
1. Check the interest with your neighbours, and suggest that you get started with neighbouring collaborations this year.
2. Select one or more coordinating contacts, which will have coordinating responsibility for the area. There is no limit to the number of households that can be part of a neighbouring partnership, but if you are a large group you can choose to have more contacts – each contact person should have a coordinating responsibility for 10-12 households. Learn more about the contact’s responsibility further down the article.
3. Call the police. Call 114 14 and report that you want to start neighbouring cooperation. It is the police that supplies signs and other materials, and when you get started, the police will also provide training for contact persons and possibly also for other residents.
4. In connection with education, it is also common for a civil service representative to participate in and inform about preventive measures against burglary.
5. You can also start the neighbourhood work for those living in an apartment – and, of course, in vacation homes. Starting a neighbourhood collaboration is free of charge for all residents.
Time to get started
That’s when the work starts really. The whole point of neighbouring interaction is that your neighbourhood will be less attractive to the thieves, and you are neighbours who are going to do the job. With neighbours, you will have your own social network that offers the opportunity to help, support and inform each other. Through education you also get more knowledge of what you should pay attention to and how you can assist each other in, for example, holidays and other trips. The close contact with the police also makes it easy to report suspicious activities.
You will do this as a member of a neighbouring community:
✓ First you should put the signs up. You do this at the entrances to the area and elsewhere in consultation with the police and the municipality.
✓ Be alert and contact the police or a contact person if you consider something strange or “wrong”.
✓ All residents will notice their theft-required property and make an inventory list. It will make it easier for the police to investigate any crimes.
✓ Notify your neighbours or contact person when you leave – so that they know you are not at home and that they should pay particular attention.
Check out the unknown car with a text message
Did you know that you can check up a car you do not recognise by texting the 72503 registration number? Then you will know more details about the car, including who owns and where the person lives.
To help with travel
One of the most important parts of an active neighbourhood collaboration is to help when the neighbours are out of town. This way you can prevent many burglars, and those on vacation can feel a bit safer.
Here are some things you can ask your neighbours about when you go away:
✓ To empty the mailbox by mail.
✓ To throw a few garbage bags in your bin, so it is not completely empty.
✓ To shoot the drive if it has snowed or to wash some laundry on the washing line.
✓ The neighbours can also make sure that there is a little dish in the sink, all for the house to look inhabited.
Contact person – An important job that goes fast
The chosen contact person (s) has an important job. They first get an education in cooperation with the police and then have an important role in compiling information to the households in the area.
Here are some of the tasks that are included in the role of contact person:
✓ Participate in information meetings organised by the Police or the property owner.
✓ Create engagement for neighbouring neighbours.
✓ Have a (preferably) annual meeting with households to discuss how cooperation works and what can be done even better.
✓ Inform new neighbours about what neighbouring interaction means.
✓ Finally, it is very important for the contact person to establish and update an address list with contact information for the residents in the area.
Now, digital neighbouring collaboration comes
In recent years, there have been several new digital opportunities for those who want to be safe in their neighbourhood. Many communicate on, for example, Facebook – where residential areas create their own groups – or through one of several different apps that collect residents in a particular area.