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Published Wed 08 Mar 2017

The decision about where to live is a complex one.  Apart from the more obvious factors such as price and location, the decision includes the need to feel safe and connected to your community. 

Warralily way to home security Increasing security throughout the community is something that all residents can easily contribute to. Simply seeing residents outside and active in their communities is sometimes enough to deter potential criminals. Empty streets with residents who keep to themselves will have the opposite effect. Going for a jog or walk, reading a book on your front porch or working in your garden are great examples of how to be present in your neighbourhood.
 
Even if you’re not the most outgoing person, it’s important to introduce yourself to your neighbours. It can be as simple as greeting them if you pass them on the sidewalk or waving hello when you’re gardening. Developing relationships with your neighbours creates trust and friendship and makes your community a better, safer place to live. Street parties are also a great way to meet your neighbours. While the weather is warm, a neighbourhood BBQ can bring neighbours together in a relaxing atmosphere.
Participating in your community also builds a safe community. Aside from increasing safety, community groups and projects can also help neighbours foster friendships and increase their own personal wellbeing.
 
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a broad approach to deterring criminal behaviour through environmental design. CPTED strategies have been incorporated into planning, design and construction processes at Warralily right from the very start.
Examples of CPTED strategies at Warralily include:
  • Street lighting positioned to allow for spill over illumination into public areas
  • Walkable streets that encourage activity and social interaction
  • Co-location of pedestrian, cycle and vehicle routes
  • Streets and houses looking onto parks and open spaces
  • Low vegetation and broad canopy trees, providing shade, amenity and line of sight
  • Elimination of entrapment spots
The Warralily Community Residents Group has recently developed a Home Security Checklist based on CPTED principles to support and encourage their neighbours to actively consider the security of their own homes.
This document is available in the community section of the Warralily website.

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