Whatever happened to the days when neighbors knew who their neighbors were and they had conversations about daily events? The days when parents looked out for not only their children, but the children in the neighborhood. The days when your biggest fear was Eddie Haskell coming over and you did not know what type of prank Eddie had in mind for Wally and the Beaver.
Those days are long gone and society has changed in ways that many thought unimaginable. In today’s society neighbors do not have time to know their neighbors. In many cases parents do not look after their own children let alone other children in the neighborhood. And if you pull a prank on someone you are likely to get beat up or worse, shot.
City of Santa Clara, CA
The City of Santa Clara is a very desirable City to live and raise a family, a place to call home and feel safe. Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California.
Santa Clara is known for their expensive home prices. Santa Clara home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but is consistently ranked among the most expensive in America making it very hard for a family to move there.
Santa Clara is a decidedly white-collar city, with 87.79% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Santa Clara is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and managers. A majority of people living in Santa Clara work in computer science, math, management occupations, and or administrative support.
Based on expensive homes, highly educated individuals, and a white collar community, it would leave one to believe that there is no crime in Santa Clara. However, according to the FBI’S Crime Statistics 2013, Santa Clara is not exempt from crime.
- Violent Crime, 89
- Murder, 0
- Rape, 5
- Robbery, 27
- Aggravated Assault, 57
- Property Crime, 1,413
- Burglary, 221
- Larceny-theft, 1,005
- Motor Vehicle theft, 187
- Arson, 9
As much as humans desire to feel safe in their homes and neighborhood, it is hard to find a location that is free of the criminal element that resides within our society.
How Do We Make Our Neighborhoods Safer?
During a neighborhood watch meeting we were asked, how can we keep our neighborhood safe?
Fortunately there are many ways to help protect your home and your neighborhood from crime. To start with we suggest that you always lock your doors and windows prior to leaving. Having a burglar alarm is a great deterrent for criminals. And if possible, a dog is another great source in protecting the family home. Even a small dog has been known to scare away the meanest criminals out there.
We recommend you start a neighborhood watch group and stress the importance of getting to know your neighbors. We do not advocate that you have to have to socialize on a daily basis. However, having a neighborhood watch allows you as a group to communicate and let each other know what is occurring. You as a group are the eyes and the ears of your neighborhood.
Work with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood clean and orderly. Believe it or not by keeping your front yard manicured, hedges trimmed, and your residence neat, it has a psychological effect on the criminal who is looking to burglarize a home. It lets the offender know that you care about your home and that you will take measures to protect your home.
Lighting is very effective in crime prevention and is very cost effective when using LED lighting. Last year we had a situation where a neighborhood was experiencing tagging and people hanging out late at night. We worked together with the neighborhood installing LED porch lights on a majority of the homes and leaving the lights on during night time hours. The neighborhood was amazed that within a couple of days the bad element went away and the tagging ceased. In addition, you want to illuminate or eliminate places an intruder might hide: the spaces between trees or shrubs, stairwells, alleys, hallways, and entry ways.
We at California Special Investigative & Protective Services take great pride in helping communities becoming a safer place to live. We are available to meet with you and or your neighborhood watch group and offer other ideas in making your neighborhood a place that you are proud to call home. In addition, we are available to provide residential security to individual properties and or homeowner associations that require assistance in keeping their neighborhood safe.