If something as simple as knowing our neighbors is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever created, let’s do it! AlarmTek is initiating the #YXEBlockPartyChallenge for the communities we serve in Saskatoon, Martensville & Warman.
Between now and September 30th, 2016 organize a block party in your neighborhood to join the #knowmyneighbours challenge. Each block party will be entered to win a variety of prizes including burgers, hot dogs, freezies, fruit, etc. for the event. To win, email your event date to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get started?
Step 1: Talk to a neighbor and see if they will team up with you to plan the event
Step 2: Complete community paperwork such as the City of Saskatoon’s Block Party Request form
Let us know how it goes online by posting the event using the hashtag #YXEBlockPartyChallenge #knowmyneighbours or email email@example.com
Why we are doing the Block Party Challenge?
The Saskatoon police service encourages residents to introduce themselves to neighbors. Why is it so important to know our neighbors? Saskatoon Community watch states, “A trusted neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever created”. The police service also report that they seldom come across a crime in progress. The members of a community are the ones most familiar with the people, the vehicles, the activity and routines in that neighborhood. The community is best able to identify when something isn’t right and call 9-1-1.
Knowing your neighbors not only increases the safety in your neighborhood, it increases the quality of life. MacLean’s states that, “more than 30% of Canadians now say they feel disconnected from their neighbors”. According to the article, “our increasingly closed-off lives are poisoning our politics and endangering our health”. Research conducted by the Young Foundation found that wellbeing is higher amongst people who have regular contact with their neighbors. Knowing people in our local area, even if it is just to say hello can have a big impact how secure and happy we feel about where we live.