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Do You Know Your Neighbor

Updated on July 9, 2011

Having a good neighbor is important


Having a good neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever


Neighborhood Watch teaches you the steps that you can take to help protect your home.

It also organizes a neighborhood group which can make

crime prevention part of every persons daily routine, all you need to do is watch out for

each other.

Your job is to report suspicious activity to police. It is

the police's job to handle the crooks.

Most Police Departments actively support the Neighborhood Watch Program.

It is method by which we hope to conduct a continued attack on crime through innovative crime prevention techniques that it involves.

Neighbors getting to know each other and working in a program of mutual assistance;

Start or join a Citizens Neighborhood Watch Program.

Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods, become a Neighborhood Watcher.

If you see a crime or suspicious activity in your neighborhood, immediately report what you

have seen to the police

Implementation of crime prevention techniques, such as home security, operation identification and others.

Utilize your crime prevention measures to make it much more difficult for criminals to perpetrate a crime in your community or home

 Now for protection from the home invasion bandits,I have found a very good pepper spray gun on amazon for your protection.

It looks like a pistol,but it shoots a stream of pepper spray instead,and is much easier to handle then the spray canister most stores stock.

Do You Know The Neighbors On Your Block

Do you know the neighbors on your block?

Do you know where the sex offenders or America's most wanted live in your area?

For the United States,the web page is

This page will tell you who and where these people live.

I bet 75% of the world doesn't.

It just isn't the same way it was when I grew up in a small town.I knew everyone including their dogs,cats and horses names.Even after I grew up and moved away from my home town,I got acquainted with my new neighbors,either by going door to door or having a block party to get acquainted.

Other ways to get acquainted with the neighbor hood is to share your expertise in a subjectsuch as Plumbing,Electrical or Woodworking,Fishing to name a few.A project around the home goes a lot faster if you invite friends and neighbors to help.After the project is complete then you can have a barbecue to show your appreciation.

If you have a neighbor that stands off and away from the crowd you should do a little investigating.

For instance two people in Eldorado County, California abduct an eleven year old girl and hold her hostage for 18 years and the authorities or the neighbors don't become suspicious until 18 years after the incident (amazing).The girl was a sex slave for 18 years,for the religious sex fanatic who abducted her.

She had a baby at the age of 14,which was fathered by this sexual predator,while his wife looked on as nothing happened.

This is like burying their head in the sand.You have parole officers that are supposed to monitor these people plus check the home they live in for drugs and pornography paraphernalia.

What about the children next door,you would think they were suspicious of these people,as the kids did not attend school.My children would be asking me why they have to attend school when the neighbor kids get to stay home. Better yet why don't the neighbor kids know how to read and write.

And a recent study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported, "Nationwide, one-fourth of registered sex offenders cannot be located." And "compared with other offenders released from state prisons, sex offenders were four times as likely to be rearrested for a similar crime."

Did you know that in California!!!''People arrested for Indecent exposure with priors are not required to be listed on the public website,'' The California Dept of Justice states, which administers the Megan’s Law website. ''They are required to register with law enforcement,'' but the conviction is not published on the user-friendly Megan's Law website. Boy does this law need changes.

Wake up America,and the whole world as far as that goes...

One way is through the Megan website,another is through the County web site Criminal Calender.Some of these sites are free and some cost a few dollars.But I think it is worth it to know your neighbors that do not want to become part of the neighborhood,especially if you have Children.

By watching the following videos,will surely awaken parents to this growing

problem of drug abuse,stolen children,sold children.etc.

Here are a few suggestions to get started;

Call the local Police Dept. and tell them your plans.Sometimes they will put barricades up,to keep traffic from entering that area.

Check to see if you need a permit from city hall.

Make sure you have a sufficient supply of Garbage Containers handy.

Plan the food and drinks. Call it international night and have each family make a dish that is unique to its heritage. Or have everyone bring their own food to grill. This is a surprisingly effective way to get strangers to mingle easily--they feel less awkward with something to do. Have everyone prepare his or her favorite cocktails and munchies for a happy hour. Don't forget nonalcoholic punches for those who don't drink alcohol and for the children.

You may even want a band to play for the group.

Dress up the block with colorful decorations. Buy lots of balloons and have everyone tie them to trees and fences on their property. You might consider a block theme color and decorate accordingly. Ask each family to make a family banner to display on its front lawn. Hang pinatas for the kids. Tiki torches and lots of twinkling lights are festive when the sun sets.

This is making me hungry just writing it.

Enjoy and have a festive time,but by all means get acquainted with your neighbors...

Have A Block Party

Sex Slaves

  1. This is a good reason to know ones neighbor!!!

When FBI and immigration agents arrested a 28-year-old Guatemalan woman three months ago in Los Angeles, they announced that they had shut down one of the most elaborate sex trafficking rings in the country. It was also the family business.

The woman, Maribel Rodriguez Vasquez, was the sixth member of her family to be rounded up in the two-year multi-agency investigation. Vasquez, five of her relatives and three other Guatemalan nationals were charged with 50 counts, alleging that they lured at least a dozen young women — including five minors as young as 13 years old — to the United States with promises of good jobs, only to put them to work as prostitutes. All remain in custody as investigators attempt to unravel the complex case.

Vasquez — quickly dubbed the “L.A. Madam” — attracted attention because she had been featured on the fugitive-hunting television program “America’s Most Wanted.” But it was one of only a few such cases to be spotlighted by national media, contributing to the false impression that cases of immigrant sex trafficking are isolated incidents, law enforcement officials and advocates for immigrants say.

Know your neighbor

  1. SAN DIEGO (AP) - An adviser to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer. The U.S. attorney's office says Wade Sanders admitted Monday in federal court in San Diego that he possessed a computer with more than 600 sexual images of minors. The computer also had a 21-minute sex video depicting prepubescent girls. You never know where they are going to come from unless you get neighborlly and check for yourself. The 67-year-old Sanders was Garamendi's senior adviser for veterans and military affairs at the time of his arrest. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy under President Clinton. A message left at Garamendi's office was not immediately returned. Sanders is scheduled to be sentenced March 30. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Community Watch Programs

The creation of a joint community watch program is aimed at beefing up communication between current community watch groups.

The program's creator, said he hoped the group will help bridge the gaps between neighborhoods.

"I've headed up the community watch for just over a year now, and have had the opportunity to see how neighbors can successfully work together to reduce the criminal activity,

The one gaping hole that I've noticed is that a line of communication between the various watches is virtually nonexistent.

 There is a clear opportunity to take our fight against crime one step further, and I believe the Community Watch is that answer."

  1. Family abductions: The DOJ study estimates that 203,900 children are abducted by a family member.

Nonfamily abductions: An estimated 58,200 children are abducted by a nonfamily perpetrator. On July 15, 2002, Samantha Runnion was kidnapped outside her home by a man she did not know who claimed to be looking for a lost dog.

So, have abductions by strangers increased or decreased? The DOJ study finds:"No scientific basis exists to conclude that there has been a true decline — although it is possible. On the other hand, NISMART–2 results do not indicate an increase in abductions by strangers."

Extra: Another disturbing category of missing child is the "stereotypical kidnapping." (How does the DOJ define "stereotypical kidnapping"?)

Daughter Sold For Beer

  1. This is a case of not knowing your neighbor.

GREENFIELD, Calif. - Police have arrested a Greenfield man for allegedly arranging to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat.

Police said they only learned of the deal after the 36-year-old man went to them to get his daughter back because payment wasn't made as promised. The man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking.

Officers also arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of statutory rape. Investigators believe the girl went willingly with the man, but she's under California's legal age of consent and can't legally marry.

Police say arranged marriages involving underage girls have become a problem in this small Central Coast farming community.


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      8 years ago

      What's really sad is that most of the children that are abducted are by people they know. So really yes getting to know your neighbor is good, but how much does that really help.Because from what the facts point out is that the majority of these things happening are from people we ALREADY know. What I think we need to do as a community is not just get together and act "friendly" and have a block party, therefore exposing our children to possibly more wierdo's we dont really know who have never been caught to register, but EDUCATE OURSELVES AND OUR PRECIUOS CHILDREN about what to do if someone is looking for a "lost dog" or if there is a knock at the door, or where there is a SAFE house, and educate ourselves on the characteristics of these sick individuals.Because truth be told that ALL sex offenders unless they have murdered thier victims WILL be released back out into society at somepoint and if you watch the news the majority of them have done it before.(and will do it again) Thats why we need to look to stronger penalties, I mean there are people serving longer sentances for growing MEDICINAL marijana than raping a child!!!!!!!!!! I am a advocate for sergical castration. It not only decreases the testostrone levels but Danish studies have shown that the chances for reoffending are a 4.3 percent than those of no castration which is at a 58 percent....go figure....We should not leave our children to be the guinnypigs of our studies and our statistics let those of the abuser be that.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      dkrainwater,that's fine but all you need to do is go to your county web site and find the sex offender data base.It will show you exactly where they live,that is as long as they stay registered yearly.

    • dkrainwater profile image


      9 years ago from Sheridan, Wyoming

      Great hub! I have lived in my home for five years and have no clue who my neighbors are. We all keep to oursselves.

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Montana

      Thank you,and the food is good also

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      9 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      This is a great point you brought up! Great hub!

    • flread45 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Montana

      You are so right k@ri

    • k@ri profile image

      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Excellent advice, you really never know who may be living by you unless you take the time to meet them. We are losing our sense of community.

    • LondonGirl profile image


      10 years ago from London

      I live in the centre of London - and I do know pretty much all of our neighbours.

    • dsletten profile image


      11 years ago from United States

      This really hit a cord with me. I grew up in a suburb of a big city but we knew all our neighbors and everyone looked out for everyone else. Since then I haven't lived anywhere like that again. Even living in a rural neighborhood now far from any big cities we barely know our neighbors. It's sad really. Thanks for the great suggestions.

    • peachtron profile image


      11 years ago from Reading

      I thought I knew my neighbor until I saw his name in the paper for cocaine possession and carrying a loaded firearm. What a weird world to live in.

    • seamus profile image


      11 years ago

      I'm fortunate to know a lot of my neighbors. Thank you for this hub. I like the block party idea.

    • pjdscott profile image


      11 years ago from Durham, UK

      A very interesting hub. Having read some of Bill Bryson's books, he would seem to agree with you that the US has changed. I'm Irish-born but live in the UK. In the north of England, we have lived in two houses and all of our neighbours have been extremely friendly and helpful (contrasting with Gadzooks's thoughts). In Ireland you always get to know your neighbour, and they will usually help and support you if needed. Sometimes, it can get too close, but I would rather it that way than not knowing who to ask when you're in trouble.

    • MommyMandy profile image


      11 years ago from The South

      Great ideas!! We had new neighbors move in last week, you have inspired me to go meet them!! Thanks!

    • stevemark122000 profile image


      11 years ago from Southern California

      Great suggestions. Thanks.

    • donnaleemason profile image


      11 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      I live in small town America, getting to know my neighbours was a must for me, one of them although she has since moved states is still one of my closest friends.


    • compu-smart profile image


      11 years ago from London UK

      Excellent info for getting to know them but personally, I do not want to know my neighbors! not these ones but my last place i lived would have been nice...I have lived in this busy london street for about 3 years now and i have no idea of the names of the people to my left, right, or opposite from me..It's just how most parts of london are!

    • Gadzooks profile image


      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      and especially if your neigbor can get you into your house if you lock yourself out ;-)

    • AlishaD profile image


      11 years ago

      We live out in the country and don't really have any neighbors per say, but I think this is an excellent idea. It is always a good idea to know those who live around you, especially if you have children.

    • Gadzooks profile image


      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think its the same all over, I live in the UK and most people dont speak to their neighbors much.

      I do though, and its a real benefit, we help each other out a lot... more people should try it!

    • chordpiano profile image


      11 years ago from USA

      For sure... I don't know mine either...they are kind of weird I don't think I want to know them ;)

    • myi4u profile image


      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      I don't really know my neigbors. I only see them once a while coz almost everyone of them just go straight into the house after they get back from shopping or work. Same as me.

    • trish1048 profile image


      11 years ago

      Hi,,,this hub brought to mind the exact same thoughts I've had. I grew up in a town 1 mile square, and as you say, everyone knew everyone. I remember going to a neighbor's house to just sit around and have coffee while the kids were off at school. I was fortunate to have a wonderful childhood filled with fun. Doors weren't locked, keys could be left in the ignition and you could always count on someone to lend a hand.

      Great ideas, thanks for writing!


    • Decrescendo profile image


      11 years ago

      I feel hungry now. Thanks for sharing.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      These are good ideas for making friends and building community. I grew up after the Joe McCarthy era when some companies were STILL requiring their employees to watch their neighbors for Communists and to take notes and report on them. My father did this religiously, even through the whole 1970s, so we as a family had no friends and my mother never did after I grew up. It did not have to be that way.

      Thanks for the Hub!

    • Inspirepub profile image


      11 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Kids aren't playing in a mob on the street any more - the connections made by kids were a vital part of keeping communities connected, because kids are so good at making friends.

      Now that so many families have two working parents, and kids are at the grandparents or in after-school care, they can't just mill about and play with the neighbors the way we all did as kids.

      It takes effort these days, instead of happening naturally, but you're right, it's worth making the effort.

    • dhoosier profile image


      11 years ago from Shelton Washington

      This is a great hub, it's so true, people need to slow down and reconnect. Myself included.

    • WeddingConsultant profile image


      11 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I think this is a great hub for many to pay attention to. I think we, as Americans, have really lost touch with the importance of getting to know our neighbors.

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      Rachel Ord 

      11 years ago from Palm Coast

      Yeah, it's unfortunate that most people don't know their neighbors. You never know when you may need someone! Our neighborhood is small and we have several block parties per year. It's really fun! Everyone is so different, and maybe wouldn't bother to be friends unless we had these gatherings. We have haloween costume parties, spring fling parties, and we are planning a fish fry in the cul-de-sac!


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