Your neighbors are often your single best security system. In some neighborhoods it’s virtually impossible for a burglar to enter the area on foot or by car without being observed. Unfortunately, however, many people simply don’t make an effort to get to know their neighbors.
They are hesitant to report suspicious people or vehicles fearing they will be regarded as “snoopy”. You need not be close friends with your neighbors in order to look out for their interests.
We can continue to build a neighborhood security system by becoming better acquainted with our neighbor’s everyday living patterns. By knowing when they are at work, on vacation, and so forth, we will better be able to judge whether a stranger should legitimately be at the neighbor’s home.
The greatest deterrent to a would-be burglar is the fear of getting caught. Each concerned citizen is another pair of eyes to let the criminal know he is being watched. Neighborhood Watch supplies these eyes.
Submit a Security Alert
Nextdoor is a free and private social networking site for your neighborhood. It seeks to builds community by connecting neighbors to one another. You can use Middle Plantation’s Nextdoor neighborhood website to get to know your neighbors, share information about lost pets, sell, borrow and give away items, ask questions or get advice on local resources such as babysitters, restaurants, and more.
The City of Virginia Beach (including Police and Fire Departments) frequently uses the site to communicate important information from city officials including crime prevention, safety and emergency preparedness. For more information, please visit www.nextdoor.com.