Juvenile delinquency is something the entire community worries about. Your neighbors can provide a great source of support to prevent teenagers from going down the wrong path. Through a proactive approach, you can ensure your neighborhood consistently produces valuable members of society that the community can be proud of. While parents are the first source for disciplinary matters, coordination between members of the community can help you to prevent additional behavioral issues.
The first step to making sure that your neighborhood stays safe is to put up some signs to show that members of the neighborhood are working together as a team. Get a neighborhood watch program going in your community, and have protocols in place for recording and reporting any suspicious activity. See if you can use the police and fire departments as resources during monthly meetings.
If you are serious about learning and getting more educated about these matters, see if you could take a few courses from a master’s degree in criminal justice online program or something similar. There are many place and ways to learn more and get involved on all levels.
Try to reach out to your neighbors and hold parties every now and then to get to know those closest to you better. When you meet with your neighbors, you can talk about potential programs you would like to start. It’s important to know the friends and family of the people in your neighborhood as well. This allows you to better respond to strangers and you’ll know if the kids in your neighborhood have a reason for being there.
Petition a Park
If there isn’t a park nearby, and you can think of a good location for one, approach your local Parks and Recreation center about building a possible park. Get signatures from all the members of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas to show the government officials that there is a real desire for a new park. Give kids an easy outlet to release their energy and build neighborhood bonds.
Pay Attention to Your Child
Look for the warning signs that your child may be engaged in any misbehaviors. If there is a decrease in communication with the family, their personality suddenly changes, or there are unknown sources of money, this is something to be concerned about. It’s also important to get to know your child’s friends and invite them to come over to the house so you can get to know them better.
No matter what you do, stay active and make sure your neighborhood maintains a happy, safe environment for your family to live in. Pay attention to warning signs, and be proactive about any issues that might crop up with your teenagers.