The greatest desire of all is to live or work in safe and secure communities free from crime and other vices.
With increased security, communities will be guaranteed of meaningful success and development.
In the wake of an increase in crime, security is a necessity now more than ever before.
Day in and day out, our communities are falling prey to criminal attacks and break-ins.
Our houses, streets and alleys are increasingly becoming breeding and playing grounds for burglars, robbers, rapists and all other kinds of criminals.
Unfortunately, it sounds like we don’t care, not even for the victims or we only care for each person for himself.
Should we risk going on like this — leaving our communities to fate as if it does not belong to us?
Why not unite to achieve better security for our communities?
Surely, we can but before that, we have to understand that unity is power in the face of crime.
In this article, I want to explain why united communities stand a better chance to defeat crime.
Research shows that united communities fall out of favour for criminals than disunited ones.
Criminals know that where unity prevails, the risk is high of being spotted, detected and apprehended by citizens.
The shout “thief, thief” will be met by throngs of people flocking to the scene and the thief will, if not for God’s mercy, be mobbed.
Need I mention that, the beauty of united communities is that they know very well their area, neighbours, prevalent crimes, black spots and security agents, if any, because information flows quickly and in all directions.
And the idea that crime-fighting is never a one-man job is common to all.
As long as your community is crime-ridden, your home security will never be adequate.
One day, the thieves you allow to terrorise your neighbours and neighbourhood will come to your doorstep.
Even if they fail to enter, you can meet them at your gate, on your community roads or corners.
If not you, it might be your spouse or children who are mugged.
That’s when you’ll learn the hard way on the importance of unity in communities.
But won’t that be late?
Thus, it’s high time we start pulling resources, ideas and efforts together as streets, clusters and communities at large in crime prevention and control.
Model united communities have a sense of oneness.
Their young and old speak in one anti-crime language and resoundingly with one voice as they lobby for help from relevant authorities.
Love for their communities and love for their neighbours propel them to act decisively and unanimously against crime.
Good neighbourliness is a virtue in such communities.
Members care about the security of one another.
Any house window or door left open will attract attention.
Any stranger found acting questionably or carrying suspicious goods will be stopped by even the young and brought to book.
No member of community will be that hard-necked to the extent of harbouring criminals or engaging in crime.
Besides, united communities have an added advantage of proper communication and co-ordination networks necessary for the designing and implementation of security plans.
In these circumstances, you will find that members update directories of contact numbers of their neighbours.
If they notice anything amiss at one house, they would quickly phone the owner whom they know and whose contact number they all have. In terms of co-ordination, I have seen communities that have worked together to clear bushes, employ street patrol guards and build security boundary walls in their communities, among other plausible acts.
United communities have well-structured security committees which co-ordinate activities.
All community members willingly take part in the security projects.
Where need arises, they contribute financially or materially towards the installation of boom gates, street lights and other security systems.
United communities are a fertile ground for vibrant neighbourhood watch committees.
More often than not, communities fail to kick-start neighbourhood watch schemes because nobody knows anyone and no one is prepared to work with others. Dare not take unity as a symbol of weakness.
It is power!
Having said all this, it is my hope that, in your quest to fight crime, you now endeavour to emulate these unity and solidarity ideals which are characteristic of united communities.
But how now?
Unity begins with you.
It can start with a simple hie, chat or visit to your neighbour.
Next, you create a WhatsApp group for the community and then join others or ask others to join.
Get to know your neighbours and introduce yourself to them.
Contribute to community efforts towards security.
Understand and help others to understand the crime issues in your community.
Work out solutions together for two are better than one.
My last word for you is that if you want safe homes, build safe communities in unity.
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