25 Resources for Neighborhood Safety

One of the best ways to prevent crime is to get to know your neighbors. A connected neighborhood is an informed one, and neighbors who know each other tend to look out for one another, checking in when something is amiss -- and potentially foiling crimes. With these resources, you'll get the tools and information you need to connect with your neighbors and make your neighborhood a safer place to live.

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Guides

Follow these guides to learn about neighborhood crime prevention, steps you can take to make your neighborhood safer, and more.

  1. National Crime Prevention Council Home and Neighborhood Safety: Find crime prevention and personal safety tips from the National Crime Prevention Council. Resources include neighborhood safety tips for parents, strategies, and training on home and neighborhood safety.
  2. Improving Safety and Security Through Landscaping and Lighting: Make your neighborhood safer with these smart landscaping and lighting ideas that deter criminal activity.
  3. 8 Simple Ways to Make Your Neighborhood a Safer Place: Learn about the team effort of neighborhood safety from this SafeWise guide.
  4. Streetwise: The Way to Be: The National Crime Prevention Council offers this concise resource explaining how you can be streetwise in your neighborhood and beyond.

Neighborhood Safety Tools

Use these tools to get updates on crime and dangerous people in your neighborhood.

  1. Family Watchdog: With this free service, you can locate reigstered sex offenders in your area and sign up for free notifications for updates when offenders move in and out of your neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood Scout: Using Neighborhood Scout, you can discover insights on crime, sex offenders, and more in your neighborhood.
  3. CrimeReports: On CrimeReports, you'll be able to find out about crime incidents in your area.
  4. SpotCrime: Discover criminal activities including arson, assault, burglaries, robberies, theft, and vandalism with SpotCrime.

Neighborhood Watch and Safety Group Resources

Want to start or maintain a neighborhood safety watch? Use these resources to get organized or improve your group.

  1. National Neighborhood Watch: A division of the National Sheriffs' Association, National Neighborhood Watch allows you to find a program, register your program, and find resources for training and neighborhood safety.
  2. Starting a Neighborhood Watch: This guide explains the steps you can take to establish a successful neighborhood watch in your area.
  3. Tools and Resources to Help You Start or Maintain a Neighborhood Watch Program: The National Crime Prevention Council's Neighborhood Watch resource offers tips for making the most of your neighborhood watch program, whether you're starting or maintaining a program.
  4. Neighborhood Safety Network: A program of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Neighborhood Safety Network works to keep people safe in and around the home with tools to promote safety and health.
  5. What Do You Say When...?: The City of Minneapolis Police Department offers a number of responses to the negative attitudes that you may encounter when establishing a neighborhood watch.
  6. How to Use Nextdoor for Crime Prevention: Use the Nextdoor neighborhood social media to stay in touch with your neighbors and prevent crime, and learn how to do it with this article.
  7. Taking Back Your Neighborhood: The National Crime Prevention Council's guide explains how neighbors can take action to work closely with police and reclaim neighborhood streets.
  8. 5 Ways to Team Up With Your Neighbors to Keep Crime at Bay: Use these tips from SafeWise to find out how you can team up with your neighbors to fight crime.

Neighborhood Safety for Children

Neighborhood safety is of special concern for parents who may have children playing throughout the neighborhood. These guides explain how families can stay safe.

  1. Neighborhood Safety Tips for Parents: Parents, take these steps to keep your children and neighborhood safe.
  2. At Home Alone: A Parent's Guide: This guide offers ideas and resources for keeping kids safe while they're home alone.
  3. The Smart Route to Bicycle Safety: The National Crime Prevention Council's bike safety resource explains how children can stay safe on bikes and avoid bike theft.
  4. Kidzworld Neighborhood Safety Tips: This guide from Kidzworld is written for children and explains how they can stay safe at home and around the neighborhood.
  5. 10 New Neighborhood Safety Tips: If you've recently moved, these tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children offer simple rules for a safer and happier new home.

Neighborhood Safety Checklists

Want a quick way to check in on your neighborhood safety and improve crime prevention in your area? Use these checklists to get organized.

  1. Neighborhood Checkup Survey: Ask your neighbors to complete this neighborhood checkup survey to identify safety and security problems in your neighborhood.
  2. Neighborhood Security Survey: With this survey, you can perform a security assessment on your neighborhood with a small group.
  3. Home Security Checklist: Use this checklist from the National Crime Prevention Council to identify weak areas in your home and neighborhood.
  4. Checklist for Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program: In this checklist, you'll find everything you need to establish a neighborhood watch program.

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