Regardless of your political beliefs, or your level of comfort with the current political climate, there is no denying that for many people, the recent election has created a social divide as well as an emotional divide. There is an air of paranoia and stress, and even if you don’t feel it, it’s likely happening around you. Unfortunately, political divide can make a neighborhood unsafe. It likely won’t stay that way forever, but at least for the months following the election, it may not be the perfectly peaceful place it usually is. Here is how political divide could put your security at risk and what to do about it.
Your mail can say a lot
If people get some idea of your spending habits and reading habits, they might form ideas about your political stances. If you do a lot of online shopping, this may be a time to either cut back or order several items at once to cut down on the number of times a delivery person shows up at your door. If anyone in your neighborhood is on the lookout for people they believe swing strongly one way politically, they may see your spending habits as a sign. The same goes for your reading habits. You may like to stay up to date on the news and receive stories from both viewpoints, but if people who are upset about the election see a publication on your doorstep that leans one day, you may become the target of their aggression.
Your neighborhood may be openly political
You may not publicize your political beliefs, but you can’t help what your neighbors do. If the majority of your neighborhood put up signs supporting one of the presidential candidates, others may have noticed. People who plan on vandalizing neighborhoods that they consider responsible for the political climate may remember your neighborhood. Keep your motion sensor lights active so vandalism perpetrators cannot hide under the cover of darkness. Park your car in your garage if you have one.
If you live near strip malls and shopping areas
Riots and protests often end with people destroying public property. Even if you don’t own a commercial property, simply living near a major commercial area could mean your home takes some of the brunt of any riots. Hopefully, a riot does not occur in your neighborhood, but if it does, keep your motion sensor alarms around your property active to scare away anyone who trespasses.
There may be people showing up at your door, asking you to sign certain petitions right now. Even if you would like to sign some, you might consider putting up a sign asking that people leave all petition materials on the doorstep rather than knock on your door. People who are upset about the climate right now and are surveying your neighborhood may see you speaking to petition pushers, and assume they’ve learned something about your political beliefs, one way or another. It’s a good idea to bring petition materials inside, where you can consider them and potentially sign them in private.
A general air of fear
The best thing anyone can do right now is to smile and be warm towards their neighbors. There are a lot of people questioning right now, “Do my neighbors support me? Do my neighbors care about my rights? Are my neighbors on my side?” Keep up the courteousness and kindness more than ever now to show any neighbors with doubts that you are, as a human, on their side. If your neighborhood can get along and come together, you can be safer if and when riots occur.
Even if you don’t feel fear and unrest at the moment, there are plenty of people who do. Those feelings can cause individuals to do things they normally wouldn’t, like vandalism, and it’s important to heighten security measures for the time being.