Security through community refers to the idea that a community can take an active role in preventing crime and promoting safety through a variety of strategies. The goal is to create a sense of community ownership and engagement, which can lead to greater accountability and responsibility for the security and well-being of the community.
There are a number of ways in which security through community can help to alleviate crime. Some examples include:
- Neighborhood Watch programs: These programs involve residents working together to identify and report suspicious activity in their community. They can help to increase the presence of “eyes on the street” and create a sense of community ownership and engagement.
- Community policing: Community policing is a strategy that focuses on building relationships between police officers and community members in order to increase trust and cooperation. This can help to identify and solve problems related to crime and disorder in the community.
- Crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED): CPTED is a strategy that uses design and planning principles to create safer and more secure environments. This can include things like landscaping, lighting, and building design, which can make it more difficult for criminals to operate and easier for community members to report suspicious activity.
- Building community connections: Encouraging social connections within a community by organizing neighborhood events, activities and gatherings, can foster a sense of community ownership and engagement, and increase the willingness of community members to look out for each other and report suspicious activity.
Security through community can help to create a safer and more secure environment by empowering residents to take an active role in preventing crime, strengthening community connections, and increasing trust and cooperation between community members and law enforcement.