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This is why you should know your neighbors (and here's how to meet them)
by Ernie Cummings, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
Neighborhood Watch is an active and growing part of the Cottonwood Heights community. We ask that you “Know Your Neighbor.” Two tales illustrate why.
First, a good ending. Many of us walk our neighborhoods regularly for exercise or for our pets. During one of my usual evening strolls around my block, I noticed a corner house with the garage door open onto the main street; the front door faced a small cul-de-sac. I couldn’t recall ever seeing the inside of the garage. I circled back after one lap of the block and saw the door was still open.
At first, I hesitated. It was not too late but it was dark. I decided to speak to the homeowner and knocked on the front door. The owner was unaware that the garage, full of tools and stored items, was open to the street. It was such a simple oversight. She had been taking out the garbage cans, the phone rang, and she gave no further thought to the garage.
Second, a not so good ending. Delivery boxes--whether from FedEx, UPS, or the post office--are often left at front doors. It takes just a moment for a package to be snatched off a porch. When we saw a police officer at the neighbors’ house, we asked what was happening and were told that their delivered package was gone.
I realized that we had never looked at their front porch. We occasionally wave to that neighbor and don’t really know them. But now we know that they work away from home during the day, and we have asked for their daytime contact information. Next time we see a package on their porch during the day, we’ll collect it and let them know we have it rather than leave the package that acts as a beacon saying, “No one is home.”
In the first story, I knew that my neighbors didn’t usually leave their garage door open. In the second story, I didn’t know my neighbors worked away from home. Meeting those neighbors and getting to know them could have made the difference with their stolen package. Now I have my neighbors’ phone numbers and can call anytime to ask if they know their garage door is open or that there is a package waiting for them.
It’s so simple! Please, know how to contact your neighbors. Write a note and give your information to your neighbors. Give them blank forms to fill in and hand back to you. Someday, your neighbors may be the protectors of your front door or your garage.