Celebrated on the last Sunday of March each year, Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing people together from next door and across the street for a barbecue or even just a ‘cuppa’. As our oldest form of community safety watch, it’s important to be a good neighbour and watch out for one another. In support of Neighbour Day 2014, Signal Security has put together some tips on how to be a good neighbour.
1. Introduce yourself
When someone new is moving next to you, make the effort to welcome them. Getting to know your neighbours and their lifestyles will allow you to often remedy problems before they even start. For example, if they work nights, quiet mornings will be important for them. If they have young children, quiet evenings will be important to them. Similarly, sharing information about yourself with them will help them to be more considerate of your lifestyle too.
2. Be aware of shared walls
If you live in an apartment block or flats, keep in mind that noise can travel, and remember that those who live underneath and above you can often hear you walking about and using appliances.
3. Pet control
You might not notice as the owner, but dogs that bark non-stop can be incredibly irritating. Put yourself in your neighbour’s shoes and imagine their pain. If your dog is particularly noisy, seek advice from your local pet.
4. Parking etiquette
There aren’t many things more annoying than a neighbour who parks too close to – or completely block off – your driveway or home access points. Be sure to park so that no one has to pull out of a very tight spot, and avoid slamming doors hard at night.
5. Alert your neighbours to parties
Giving your neighbours warning of any parties or loud events you have coming up will give them time to prepare also. Let them know what time it’s going to start and how long you expect it to run for….and if they look like good fun, why not just invite them!!