When it comes to protecting your home, there are a lot of different tactics you can use: better locks, security systems, a guard dog, etc. All of them are worth exploring, and most of them are worth seriously considering. (Unless you’re allergic to dogs. Then don’t get a dog.)
But one of our personal favorite ways to protect your home won’t cost you a dime, and can make for some pretty rewarding relationships at the same time. Our suggestion: get to know your neighbors.
Depending on how long you’ve been in the neighborhood and how social you are, this can be a daunting challenge or as simple as making toast. (But if you struggle with making toast, don’t feel bad. We’ve all been there.) In all seriousness, though, knowing your neighbors can be the best thing to ever happen to your home security.
Think about it for a minute. If you’re on good terms with your neighbors, you don’t have to worry about hiring somebody to grab your mail or feed your pets while you’re out of town. They can hang on to a spare key for the house, rather than you hiding under the doormat. If you’ve got landscapers coming while you have to be away, they can be around to make sure the work gets done.
Just to be clear, we don’t recommend to running out and handing out copies of your house keys to everybody you meet in your neighborhood. That’s not being smart about things. Get to know them. Invite them over for dinner. Help them out if they need a hand with the yard.
The idea behind all of this is that by becoming friendly, or even friends, you automatically start looking out for each other. It’s called territoriality. Watching out for each other just becomes another part of everyday life, so it’s not a big favor when you ask each other to grab the mail or check on the pets. Do this, and you’ve got a security system built on relationships and trust.
Will you get the occasional neighbor that’s just a little too nosy for their own good? Probably. It happens to all of us. But if a nosy neighbor helps scare off any burglars that might be scoping your home out, it’s worth the annoyance you have to put up with.
Have any of you had a time when a neighbor kept an eye on your house and you were glad for it? If so, let us know in the comments below!