Yesterday, my son called Germany telling me about a story he saw on CNN. Guess that shows certainly this small world we live in. The story in a nutshell was how the neighborhoods around the US that were decimated by foreclosures have also had home values decline. This is exacerbated by vandalism and drug-related gangs in vacant dwellings.
There is not that gangs. Families who were displaced by foreclosures and can be on their luck took occupancy of vacant housing. Once the bank forecloses a property you honestly think they will spend another nickel to protect? The houses are vacant just waiting for trouble.
Some police services have turned the other way in the case later, and have very limited resources to deal with gangs and drugs. Thus, a conscientious owner who just happens to be in a neighborhood with several seizures can not rely generally on law enforcement for help. They just sit and watch their home values are in the toilet.
Some are not content with that is actively fighting back. Here are some things they do that help.
1. Most neighborhoods have covenants especially concerning the appearance. Force banks to be a good neighbor and taking care of the place. They actually have a stake in the community too.
2. Start or join a neighborhood watch program. The department of your local sheriff can help get it going.
3. Get surveillance cameras to your neighborhood or at least for your home. People are less likely to vandalize if they see surveillance cameras.
First and most important, a well-placed home surveillance camera can send an impressive signal for a savvy burglar. And do not fool burglars are smart. Why would they knowingly rob a house plan with a surveillance camera and the risk of getting caught when down the street there is a house without one?
If they are unfortunate enough not to see the surveillance camera and burgle the property they will be caught. You saw yourself new-masked burglar evening doing his thing in a bank, liquor store or convenience store they always get stuck right?
So Consider a surveillance camera for your home or neighborhood. They are easy to install, more affordable than before and will work to help eliminate the very real threats from vandals and gangs and most important help to keep your property values up.
Jack Krohn owns ‘Security Solutions’ and has written over 400 articles on self defense and home security.