On August 1, 2017, BBB along with other organizations across the country will be celebrating National Night Out. The goal of these events is to strengthen community bonds in order to create a safer community. Visit BBB on August 1, 2017, from 5-9 pm at Steelyard Commons and Solon Community Center for more tips! By working together with your neighbors, you can create a safe and secure community.
BBB offers tips to help get you started:
Get to know your neighbors. National Night Out is a great way to meet people in your area. Just knowing who your neighbors are is valuable, but establishing relationships really makes a difference in keeping your neighborhood safe from crime.
Neighborhood watch. Form a watch group in your area and report suspect activity. Alert neighbors and police if you see unfamiliar cars driving slowly or individuals acting suspiciously. Keep a list with names and phone numbers of homeowners on your block handy.
Shred your documents! Destroy all documents with financial or personal information in a shredder. This includes bank and credit card statements, stock portfolios, tax returns, ATM and credit/debit card receipts, copies of birth, death, and marriage licenses, vehicle titles, deeds and mortgages, pay stubs and insurance policies. BBB offers secure shredding twice a year (throughout our service area) at our Secure Your ID Day. To learn more about upcoming events visit: bbb.org/cleveland/SecureYourID.
Monitor door-to-door sales. Although many legitimate companies solicit door-to-door, con artists use this technique as well. If a door-to-door salesperson knocks on your door, know that you do not have to answer the door or allow the person into your home. If you choose to answer, research the company out first at bbb.org before committing to buy any product or service. Many cities also offer “No Soliciting” signs, check with your local city hall for availability.
Vacation safety. If you are traveling, let police, trusted neighbors, or friends and family know when you will be gone and where and how they can reach you. Having someone check on your home, bring in newspapers and mail, and turn lights on and off can help keep your home safe. If you’re going to be away for an extended period, consider a stop order for your newspapers and mail while you’re gone.
For more tips visit: go.bbb.org/neighborhoodsafety