Summer Safety Tips

DO make your home look like you’re there. Lights turned off and on by timers give your home a “lived in look” when you’re away.

DO have good locks. A high quality, one-inch deadbolt lock on every outside door is a basic requirement.

DO have a free home security inspection and be an active participant in Neighborhood Watch. A thief wants to take the path of least resistance. Your participation in Neighborhood Watch provides the most resistance.

DO walk, bike, or run in well-lit areas. Also keep your bike and sports equipment inside the house when they’re not in use.

DO lock gates, garage doors, and shed doors after every use.

DO illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubbery, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entryways.

DON’T leave your home unlocked, even for a brief trip to the store or a visit to the neighbor across the street. Many homes have been burglarized in just such short periods of time.

DON’T leave your windows open and unattended. Open windows, especially on the first floor, extend an invitation to criminals, especially if valuables are in sight.

DON’T hide a key outside your home. Leave the extra key with a trusted neighbor or friend. If you have deadbolt cylinder locks you must use a key to lock the door, and can’t possibly lock yourself out.

DON’T leave things visible in your car. Even CDs or loose change will encourage some thieves to break into your car.

Call 785-9276 to report a crime or suspicious activity.

Block Party Ideas Year Round

What are you going to do to get your neighbors together? It is important that neighbors know each other and watch out for each other. Neighbors need to hold some kind of party to help rally other neighbors together. Here are some ideas to try.

Spring Ideas:
Start of Grilling Season Party
Spring Fever Party
Swimming Party (Need pool access)
Chili Cook-off

Summer Ideas:
Summer Grill off
National Night Out
Progressive Theme Party
Wine Tasting

These parties and get-togethers are not hard to do. Get a few neighbors to help out with the details and have each neighbor bring a dish to pass. If you plan to award prizes to kids or adults, you might consider an entry fee to help cover the costs. Also plan supply table settings and non-alcoholic beverages to both kids and adults.

Think of a get together idea, plan it out and make it happen. You won’t regret it. You will have a ton of fun and make stronger relationships with your neighbors. Go For It!!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Revised January 2014