I believe in a safer neighborhood

Samantha - Monticello, Kentucky
Entered on September 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: community
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Have you ever come home to find your neighbor looking in your window? I have, and it is one of the many thing’s that has lead me to believe what I do. I believe that before your neighbor moves in you should be able to do a background check on them.

I could tell you a few stories on the bad neighbors I’ve had but there’s one that sticks out. It was a normal summer’s day and I could care less about anything. I had heard some stories at work about a few robberies that had taken place down the road, but I didn’t care it didn’t effect me. Later on that week my dad was talking about a group of men who come to our house looking for someone. I had heard bad things about my neighbor all that week but my mind didn’t put two and two together.

Once school had started I thought nothing about the robberies and the group of men. I was on my way home when I realized my neighbor hadn’t been home for awhile. When I asked my Mom why are neighbor hadn’t been home in a while her answer made my mind put two and two together. “He’s probably at the bottom of Lake Cumberland” she said. The robberies, the group of men, and my missing neighbor, they were all connected. The police and my landlord searched the house about a week later, saying he had left in a hurry leaving everything but his car behind.

Another experience that I have had with neighbors is trespassing. We once bought two kiddy pools for a friend of mines kids. They stayed at my house empty and deflated, until we come home one night to find them blown up and overflowing with water. Our pool toys and everything else in our back yard was moved to the middle of the yard and overturned. We had come home before to catch them running back home and had asked them nicely multiple times to stay in their own yard. Our one mistake was leaving our lawnmower in the backyard after it had run out of gas. We went to finish mowing our lawn when we realized someone had broken our lawnmower.

But out of all my neighbor experiences I have learned this, yes people can be different but we as neighbors should work towards making our neighborhood a safer place. Places like where I live might be weird but I’m sure in the bigger cities its worse. So I have learned to help my neighbors when they ask for my help. Help out in the community when needed, so I can try to make my neighborhood a better place.