If you’re concerned for your child’s safety, you may seek to raise him or her with a greater sense of community and awareness. Three of Atlanta’s safest surrounding communities, according to Channel 11Alive News are listed here:
Macland/Lost Mountain neighborhood in Powder Springs
Starrs Mill neighborhood in Peachtree City
If you plan to stay right where you are, it’s in your best interest to begin familiarizing yourself with your surrounding neighbors and building a greater sense of community within and around you. The most recent data regarding crime in the Atlanta-area reveals that, 1 in 52 people will become a victim of crime within a year’s time.
Here are three steps to begin building a sense of community around you. Steps may be short and sweet:
Next time you bake dessert, perhaps a warm batch of easy-bake cookies or cupcakes, have a disposable container on hand and bake a few extras. Write a nice, short note on a post-it (i.e. “It’s nice to live near a good neighbor. Thank you,” signed Your Family Name) Community is nothing to be afraid of. Some may not want to create a sense of obligation and might leave a note, “Just saying ‘Hi’” along with some tickets to the local high school basketball game. Have you ever parted with a possession, big or small, that was used to support someone else’s cause in a valuable way? The first step in building a sense of community is considering “people over possessions” (i.e. my time, my money, my children).
Second, it can be quite a lifestyle change and maybe even a challenge to embrace an opportunity to become more open and accessible to others. When you share an e-mail address or phone number with a neighbor, you become more accessible. When you invite them to attend Family Night at your church, you are sharing a part of your life as well. Only a few small steps are necessary to begin building a sense of community; most often, the rest falls into place naturally. By the end of this article, you’ll see that community is worthwhile and irreplaceable.
Finally, there is a common thread between people in communities. Each community is unique. Every community has something to offer. Have you ever worked together with a group to help someone in need? Each family has something to give, tangible or intangible. Did the Drama Club need a hand pulling costumes together? What happened? Was there a house fire in your neighborhood? Did someone lose a family member to a tragic event? When communities are cohesive, they are sensitive to a broken link in the chain of connection. Does there really need to be a reason to congregate and lend a hand?
When neighbors come to know one another, they also learn to recognize not so familiar activities. They can point out suspicious activities in the vicinity of their neighbor’s home, recognize whether your child is uncomfortable, lost or in danger. They know how to reach you when your child’s safety or home’s security is in question. Neighborhood Watch is a program that became popular in the late 70s. Essentially, neighbors were committed to reporting any suspicious activity, whatsoever, to their local police department as a crime prevention strategy and nearly all studies found that Neighborhood Watch areas were associated with lower levels of crime. Build communities and enhance the safety of your child’s environment.