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Apr 02

Do You Know Who Your Neighbors Are?

Posted on April 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM by Deputy Aaron Scheller

“Be part of the solution” is a phrase so often heard and used that it’s been reduced to a cliché. However, in the case of crime prevention, it proves true: by being a part of the solution, you can truly make a significant difference.

In a perfect world, there would be no crime; but that’s not the reality. There is no such thing as a zero-crime city. But we can be a low-crime city … if we join forces, get to know one another, and work together.

Regardless of whether you’ve lived in Diamond Bar for just one month or if you’ve been here for forty years, you are the experts to your neighborhood.

You’re familiar with your street and general area, you see your neighbors regularly, and can even tell when they’ve cut their lawn or purchased a new car. So why is it that when we talk about crime prevention, it becomes “someone else’s problem.”

Children Having Fun

When I was a kid, I used to play with my neighborhood friends in their front yards all day long, landing at home for dinner time. My family knew all of our neighbors and we felt safe in our community. So, let me ask, “Do you know who your neighbors are?”

Neighbors Chatting at Block Party

Neighborhood watches are simply that – renewing your relationships with the individuals and families who live on your street or in the local area, and working together to create that feeling of a safe, protected place. So that even when you leave to go to work, run an errand, or take a vacation, you can have that valuable peace of mind knowing that your neighbors are watching your home.

Diamond Bar Deputy Scheller Hosting Neighborhood Watch Meeting

A neighborhood watch meeting only takes about an hour of your time, and the takeaways are priceless. We discuss how to use your local expertise to work together and reduce the opportunities for crimes to occur in your street.

I invite you to let go of the idea that it’s someone else’s responsibility to take the initiative and start a neighborhood watch on your street. How does one start a neighborhood watch? It’s quite simple – check out this step-by-step guide, or simply send me an email.

I look forward to meeting you and your neighbors soon.