In a society where we refer to our homes as our castles, it makes sense that we also want to feel safe and secure in our residences. But as we spend more time inside looking at screens and less time outside making connections with neighbors, it also makes sense that many homeowners today feel less safe and secure than they did a few decades ago. When we buy a new home and are new to a community that security quotient takes an even lower dip.
The irony is that violent crime rates have decreased even as our feelings of danger lurking around every corner have increased. So what can you do to help assuage your fears in your next luxury home in Goa -- and actually make your community safer in the bargain?
Plenty! Establishing yourself as a community and working together with your neighbors is one of the best ways to increase feelings of safety while actually reducing crime in your area. Here's how to get started.
Create clean-up groups
Some safety issues emerge because city and county departments might be strapped for cash or short several employees, and things that ought to get done as a result just ... aren't. Maybe a tree fell across a popular Goan trail and hasn't yet been cleared, or maybe there are local public-access staircases that are covered with slippery leaves or other debris.
If there's a safety issue that you can easily and professionally tackle with a group of people, organize one! Use your social media groups or fliers in the local cafe or temples or gym to advertise a clean-up day at the local park or along a busy street. Ask the local dump or trash company if they'd be willing to donate a dumpster or supplies and trash pickup. Sometimes all it takes to make an area safer for everyone is a little coordination and elbow-grease, and the coordination is the hardest part, so try to tackle it and see where it gets you. A safe neighborhood is essential to make a house a home and when we buy a home, a safe and truthful neighborhood becomes a default essential.
Start a neighborhood watch
Do you know all your neighbors? Are you familiar with the cars they drive, their regular visitors, and any special guests who pop in from time to time? While when we buy a new home it might be difficult to answer but sometimes we are unaware of these details even after years of living together in the same locality.
For most people, the answer is "definitely not." But having a sense of who's who in your neighborhood can help prevent a lot of crime, from illegally dumping trash to burglary or robbery.
If your block or neighborhood doesn't already have a neighborhood watch program, consider starting one. The first step is to find neighbors who are interested in participating. Once you have a group of people willing to put in the time, call up your local law enforcement bureau and tell them what you're doing. Many local law enforcement offices will be willing to send a police officer or two to your neighborhood watch meetings, which can be an invaluable resource for helping you learn how to spot and safely report any suspicious activity.
Coordinate meeting times for your neighborhood watch, which can be held in a community space or even online. Talk about the safety issues that concern you the most, and ask your law enforcement liaisons what you can do to help.
Secure your own space around your home
There's only so much that neighbors can do to help you keep your home safe. Ultimately, the responsibility to secure your property lies with you -- so make sure you spend some time looking at your own home's vulnerabilities and decide how to fix them.
For example, routinely leaving your door unlocked when you leave the house is a good way to invite burglary. Some smart locks allow you to remotely lock your door if you forget, so it might be a good idea to upgrade your door lock. New camera technologies allow you to see who's on your front porch when the doorbell rings and replacing broken or damaged windows is also a good safety move.
You can't be responsible for everyone's house on the block, but if you're responsible for your own, the odds that you'll experience a safety violation go down. It's worth it!
When you buy your dream home in Goa make sure you follow essential steps to make it safe for your family.