Getting to Know Neighbors to Reduce Crime

Getting to Know Neighbors to Reduce Crime

National Night Out gives residents the chance to meet local law enforcement. But it's also about getting to know the people in your community, something police say can help keep your neighborhood safe.
When it comes to protecting and serving, residents rely on police officers.

But police officers say they often rely on citizens to keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior.

"The average citizen is a great deterrent for crime," said Indiana State Police Trooper Shilo Raulston. "They can always keep an eye out for each other's stuff. If you're going to be going somewhere, just let your neighbors know that you're going to be out of town or you're going to be away for awhile and have them take a look at your place."

Local residents can agree that becoming familiar with your neighbors is an important tool to help reduce crime.

"In this day and age, you need to know who your neighbors so you know who's part of your neighborhood," said Mary Jenkins of Putnam County. "That way you know when someone does not belong there."

Trooper Raulston says nowadays many people don't know their neighbors well, which means they may be unaware of any suspicious behavior or visitors.

"Unfortunately now, so many people don't get to know their neighbors and I think that's a bad thing because if vehicles are coming and going and they don't know who these people are, they're more reluctant to call because they don't know their neighbors and they don't know who they're associating with."

Working together as a community can make the difference when it comes to keeping the neighborhood safe.

"It's important to get everyone involved," added Jenkins. "That way you know what to look for. Strangers in your neighborhood, things like that."

Terre Haute's National Night Out is always ranked near the top nationwide when it comes to the city's population and those who attend.

Last year, it had the second highest outcome of 33 cities with a population between 50,000-100,000.   
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