A crime prevention coordinator that I know pushes the idea of making sure your car and house doors are locked, everything desirable is removed out of your car, and that your windows are either locked or pinned so they don’t open more than a few inches. Also, when in doubt, call the cops.
On one hand, I agree with that advice, but I wonder if that is only half of it. Let’s face it. If someone wanted to get into our homes to take something or hurt someone, simply breaking a window would allow that to happen. To me, it almost feels like we are hiding from criminal activity.
There is something ‘different’ about safe neighborhoods were people feel more comfortable with leaving their doors unlocked and not worrying about the kids running around the neighborhood. Those who commit regular crimes are less likely to do so in those areas because they know the neighborhood is not only watching, but that they will get caught or worse. No, I don’t think that we should all be sitting on our front porch with a shot gun, but I think that true prevention needs to be done at an earlier level. Let’s not just prevent a crime from occurring, lets discourage those who intent to commit crimes from ever entering into the neighborhood.
Now, does anyone have any suggestions on how to do that? Do you think that locked doors is enough?
What about public beatings of those who commit drug deals or violent crimes if they can be caught in the act by the neighbors? (I am kidding… kind of)