Reducing crime and improving neighborhoods
Is there a solution for reducing crime or even improving safety in your neighborhood? Violence has been a major problem in my community and many other states and countries. Violence is an aggressive type of behavior involving physical force intended to hurt or damage someone or something. Pottstown is a small town located in Montgomery County Pennsylvania.
Although the crime rate in Pottstown compared to other cities may be minor, it is still a concern. In 2019 the crime rate in Pottstown, PA is 423 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.6 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than 92.5% of U.S. cities. In the last five years, Pottstown has seen a rise in violent crime and a decline in property crime. The people fear for themselves and their children.
Safety is a major concern for me and many others, children aren’t allowed to be children anymore. From drugs to guns, safety is something we deal with the majority of the time.
Do you remember when you could leave your front door to unlock and or maybe even open when the children went outside and played, they would return when the street lights came on? Well, this world we live in now is no longer that safe. Parents, family members have a constant fear lingering in the back of their minds about how to protect their children, especially in their neighborhoods.
Easy access to guns is one of the major problems when it comes to protecting our neighborhoods/ the people we love. According to the CDC, there were 1,636 firearm fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2017.
In 2018, there were 1,757 firearm-related injuries in Pennsylvania; almost half of these were in persons under 25 years old (Violence.chop.edu). Roughly 45% of purchased guns have not undergone background checks when buying guns online. We all have the right to bear arms, but let us bear it with knowledge.
Learn and understand what kind of gun you are purchasing, find out where you can get rid of any guns that are no longer wanted or needed so they do not end up in the wrong hands. When purchasing a firearm and you have children speak to them about the importance of a firearm and how dangerous it can be. This problem is something that may be a little harder to control, but if we were to all come together there would be a way to make a dramatic change.
Making friends may be hard as an adult, but it is necessary especially if there are young ones involved. Familiarize yourself with your neighbors and your neighborhood, let them know that it takes a village to raise a child so they can understand that you guys are all in this together.
As adults we have to protect the children because they’re our future, we also have to protect the elderly and look out for them as well. Neighbors strangely are like extended family, we would have to learn to trust and get to know them so we can help protect each other. Trusting one another is hard to do at first because we do not know anyone’s true motives.
If you live in an area where they’re fewer neighbors next to your home street lights will not be enough for you to see your surroundings at night. You should consider getting motion-detecting lights at all entry points and even detached properties, this way intruders can not find hiding in the darkness. Maybe speak with your neighbors and also see if this is something they’re willing to do to help keep themselves safe, if the whole block is on one accord this can limit the danger and worries of burglars.
Before going on vacation you should speak with a few of your neighbors, the ones that you have gotten to know, and let them know you will be out of town. Install security cameras to help prevent crime in your neighborhood, improving safety is a team effort that needs to start with someone; let that someone be you! Also, ensure that you close all blinds and windows at night.
maybe a good step in reducing crimes and improving safety in our neighborhoods. Looking out for one another and communicating respectfully may also help us reduce and improve our neighborhoods.
If we all come together and build a neighborhood watch in our areas we can help when things go amiss in the neighborhood, whether it’s a property crime or something more like a violent crime. We can also encourage you to inform us of safety/ burglary incidents on a neighborhood safety app such as Ring’s Neighbors app. The apps can flag and alert individuals of crime occurrences in your area.
If we can all just learn to look out for each other and respect each other, also look out for the children and make sure that they are safe. Maybe these steps may help us to slowly get back to our safe place.
When we didn’t have to worry about our children playing out front and having to sit there and watch the entire time, without the fear of you having to use the restroom but scared to go inside and not take the kids inside with you, because who will watch and protect your children better than you can. Larry Jordan says “ Crime is a reality. People are being victimized or are being targeted to be victims each and every day”. Safety begins with the help of everyone working as a team. Let’s bring safety back to our communities.
1. Crime rate in Pottstown. (2021). https://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Pottstown-Pennsylvania.html
2. CHOP. ( 2020). Gun Violence. https://violence.chop.edu/types-violence/gun-violence/gun-violence-facts-and-statistics
3. Author Safehome.org Team.(Updated October 2020).Online Source Title. Keeping Your Community Safe: A guide to being a vigilant citizen. https://www.safehome.org/resources/community-safety-guide/
4. Safewise.com. (2020). 7 Simple Ways to Make Your Neighborhood Safer.