Should Your Apartment Community Get Involved with Local Crime Watch or Neighborhood Watch Programs?
I am a big believer in being involved with your local crime watch or neighborhood watch programs. I’ve seen firsthand how it has positively impacted investments with apartment communities that we’re involved with.
Here are just a few reasons to get involved:
- Deters criminal activity
Many of the attendees will communicate issues they are having in their community, some of which may not have been reported or available in any other form, and that will in turn allow you to keep an eye out for such activity.
- Creates a greater sense of security
If your residents know you have their interest in mind they will tend to feel more like it’s also their community and a great place to call home. Many crime watch or neighborhood watch programs have flyers and stickers that you can place in your office, or on the building that shows you are an active member.
- Builds bonds with neighbors.
People look out for one another. When your residents know you are taking steps to improve the community, other residents will also do their part to help. A program gives them an opportunity to voice their concerns and to be heard.
- Stimulates neighborhood awareness
Your residents become more aware of what’s happening in your community and will usually “step up” and help keep you informed.
- Reduces the risk of becoming a crime victim and in turn reduces the physical, financial and psychological costs of crime
Helps to create awareness, and potential criminals may avoid your community if they know you and the residents are on the lookout for suspicious activity
- Instructs residents on how to observe and report suspicious activities in your community.
Offers that continue education and resource contact for victims of crime can help people that have been victim in the past and gives other residents the tools they need to spot suspicious activity.
- Addresses quality of life issues and mutual interests in your community
You will find that many of your residents are like-minded and this will give them a time and place to meet and discuss their interests.
- Crime watch works collaboratively with other civic and community activities
Other organizations and people will want become involved with your community and therefore enhance your resident’s offerings.
I believe being involved with these organizations can be a huge benefit to your community and in-turn to your residents, creating a better place to live and less turn over for your investment.