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Do you see children playing together along your street? Have you ever returned your neighbours curbside collection bins because they work long hours? Or have you ever asked someone to help keep an eye on your property while you’re away from holidays?
Being a good neighbour is important for several reasons, here are a few:
- Building Community: good neighbours help to create a sense of community and belonging in the neighbourhood. When neighbours know and support one another, it can make living in an area more enjoyable and fulfilling
- Safety: good neighbours look out for one another and help keep and eye on things when someone is away. This can help to increase overall safety in the neighbourhood
- Personal Connections: good neighbours can become friends and provide support and assistance when needed. Having strong personal connections with those who live nearby can be a great source of social support and can improve overall quality of life
- Property Values: good neighbours who take care of their homes and maintain their properties can increase property values in a neighbourhood. This can benefit everyone who lives in the area and makes the area more appealing
- Resolving Conflicts: good neighbours are able to communicate effectively and work together to resolve conflicts that may arise. This can be helpful to maintain harmony and prevent small issues from escalating into bigger problems.
Often, issues that come up can be resolved before there is a need for Enforcement Services intervention. Here are a few tips to help you build a positive relation with your neighbours:
- Talk to them. Establish lines of communication
- Get to know them.
- While conversing, convey what is important to you, and invite them to convey what is important to them
- If you have a concern, respectfully make your neighbour aware of it. Allow them the opportunity to change or correct what they have been doing. This keeps the lines of communications open and in many instances, once the other person is aware that their actions are causing a concern, they will work to correct it.
It is much nicer to live and work in a neighbourhood where people work together to be good neighbours versus being in a neighbourhood where everyone does their own thing without the care for what effect it has on others.
The benefits of being neighbourly are plentiful and we believe that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods!