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Here's some obvious advice: Don't invite burglars and intruders into your home. But criminologists warn that residents may unintentionally do that, if their house or apartment building is in disrepair.
How you maintain your home and the appearance of your neighborhood send a clear message about neighborhood standards and lawlessness.
Known as the broken window theory, police and community leaders have helped reduce crime in neighborhoods by cleaning up streets, organizing crime watch groups, and -- yes -- fixing broken windows. These efforts show that neighbors won't tolerate crime.
The same approach holds true for homeowners and renters. Show that you care about your home and neighborhood through careful maintenance.