At their 19th annual meeting in Lansing, the NAM says there are several ways to keep neighborhoods safe... beginning with their appearance.
They say broken windows, burned out houses... general disrepair... invites criminals because they see the mess and assume no one is caring after the property.
They also say everyone should be nosey neighbors - to an extent. They say the best way to catch crooks is to realize when something is wrong in the community and report it to the police.
Communication is also key... between neighbors, their community leaders and the authorities.