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Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2011

How to be a Better Neighbor

There’s no doubt a big mix of people with different backgrounds, interests and personalities live in your neighborhood, but you all want to live in a nice, safe place. Do your part by following these tips from Neighborhood Connections.

Always treat others as you would like them to treat you – with respect. Respect the rules by getting a permit for your garage sale and only posting one sign, and only on your property; by wheeling in your empty trash cans after work; by keeping your home and yard tidy, and by parking on the driveway, not your lawn. Wave to your neighbors and invite them over for coffee. Even if you’re the shy type, make an effort to get out and mingle once in a while. Sit on your front porch, walk around the block, compliment a neighbor’s garden or ask what’s new.

Keep your noise level down in the evening and on weekends. Keep your dog on a leash and pick up anything he drops. If your neighbor’s dog barks a lot, offer to keep the dog company.

Report any suspicious activity at your neighbor’s home to him as soon as you can. Volunteer to ask about police activity and then spread the word to neighbors about recent crimes and prevention tips.