Just Say Hi!

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Welcoming new neighbours or introducing yourself to those you haven’t met yet is a great way to establish neighbourly relationships. People who know each other are more likely to look out for one another and help build and maintain a safe community.

Do you know the first name of at least 5 different neighbours? Would you be able to tell police the addresses of the houses around you in the event you witnessed suspicious activity? Could you ask a neighbour to borrow a cup of sugar or an egg for a cake you are baking? What about asking a neighbour to check in on the perimeter of your home while you’re away? We sure hope you answered yes to a few of these questions! But, if not, take the plunge and just say hi! One of the easiest ways to increase safety in your community is to get to know your neighbours because people tend to look out for those that they know!

Don’t forget, after introducing yourself, make the effort to wave, greet and chat with your neighbours regularly. This encourages friendly chit-chat and can make neighbours feel connected.