As you ring in the New Year, take time to reflect on the previous 12 months and plan for improvements in 2014.

While common resolutions include exercising, eating healthier and attitude adjustments, improved safety is another area to consider as you flesh out your plans.

Below are four New Year’s resolutions to improve your safety and overall well-being.

1. Get To Know the Neighbors

It can be very easy to move into a new home, meet some of your neighbors in passing, and then never speak more than a fleeting “hello.”

This year, make it a point to get to know your neighbors.

An established relationship with your neighbors can be mutually beneficial for a number of reasons. If you’re away for a period of time, it is nice to have someone to call upon to collect your mail and keep an eye on your vacant home. Having this go-to person also helps you stay in the loop with neighborhood news and events.

How do you befriend your neighbor? Home baked goods are always a surefire way to win someone over. After all, who doesn’t like cookies?

Look for opportunities to say “hello” and offer assistance. Be the helpful neighbor that you wish your neighbors to be.

2. Get Involved in a Neighborhood Watch Program

If a neighborhood watch program is already established within your neighborhood, resolve to join it or become more involved this coming year. These programs are great at bringing small communities together and also act as an additional layer of security.

Involvement communicates a level of trust and respect among neighbors, and shows that you care about the well being of both your family and the community.

3. Compile Emergency Safety Resources

Putting together an emergency safety kit often finds its way to the backburner, and stays there until an emergency hits and you wish you had been more prepared.

Start the year with an organized and accessible compilation of resources. We suggest having the following in your home:

  • Flashlight
  • Supply of batteries
  • Bottled water
  • Battery-powered radio
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable food

In addition to the above items, you should also set out to create a family evacuation plan so you’re wholly prepared, if disaster strikes.

4. Step Up Your Home Security

Assess your home to see if it is vulnerable and at risk. If you find that your security could use some beefing up, do not delay the process. Intruders never have an off-season; so neither should your security.

Need help? Best venders will assess your home to identify security weaknesses and work with you to find the best solution based on your property and lifestyle.

This year, break bad habits, encourage good behavior and care for yourself and your family. What New Year’s resolutions have you set for yourself?

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