How To Make Your City Less Violent

Yes, things are looking pretty bad in the world right now, but there are some statistics that show us that the world is actually a much more peaceful place than ever before. Turning on your favorite news channel or scrolling through your favorite social media website can make you think the opposite way, which is exactly why you need to look at the bigger picture here.

Sometimes it is easy to wonder whether or not violence is worse than it has ever been before – either that or we are just more aware of all the bad things that are happening around the world thanks to social media. By the way, did you know that you can actually decrease violence in your community? Yes, you read that right!

Living in a city where the police department is short on staff members can be pretty terrifying. It can cause panic among the community, and it can make violence much more tragic when you see it on the news channel. But together, you, your family and friends, as well as your neighbors can prevent violence from rising in your city as you wait for the police department to hire more people. Now, don’t get us wrong, we are not saying that you should got out and play a superhero on the streets of your city. What we are trying to say here is that you can be more active in your community. And now, here are some ways you can make your neighborhood a safer place!

Set Up a Neighborhood Watch

One of the best ways to make your neighborhood safer is to set up a neighborhood watch in your area. Make sure to tell your neighbors about this first, just so they don’t end up thinking that something suspicious is going on in the area. If you see something suspicious, we strongly advise to report it to the police rather than do something yourself.

Build a Healthy Relationship With Your Neighbors

Building a healthy relationship with your neighbors is always a good idea, and one of the best ways to do just that is to meet with them on a regular basis. That being said, make sure to communicate with your neighbors as often as possible. You can also plan a whole lot of different activities with them, including removing the trash from the streets.

Talk To Your Children About Everything

Educate your children about the dangers of drug use. Help school officials keep their schools and other learning environments drug-free. By doing this, you do your city a big favor.

How To Communicate With People From Other Cultures

In order to build a good relationship with people from other cultures, it is very important for you to learn how to communicate with them both verbally and non-verbally. Also, you can make things much easier by learning about their culture and practicing tolerance whenever possible. When you are armed with good communication skills, you can learn a lot from people that come from other cultures, and you can share your knowledge with them as well.

 

That being said, if there is someone from another culture living in your neighborhood that you would like to meet, it is very important for you to learn about their culture beforehand. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. With this in mind, try to find some time to learn the basics of that person’s culture before you actually decide to meet them. This way, you will be able to avoid all sorts of uncomfortable situations once you meet that person.

There Will Be Some Differences

People from different cultures will speak at different volumes, may or may not want to engage in a small talk, and even be more or less direct in showing emotions. What this means is that you need to be prepared to encounter situations like these when communicating with people from different cultures. But then again, the whole point of meeting people from different cultures is to encounter things that you are not used to, isn’t it?

Be Tolerant and Respectful

Each culture you encounter will come with its own set of dominant beliefs, values, and prejudices. What this means is that you need to be prepared to encounter such things when communicating with people from other cultures. However, when it comes to having a basic communication with someone from another culture, don’t judge them based on these differences. Instead, tolerate that person as much as you can and respect them for who they are. And you never know – you may even learn a thing or two from them!

Make Sure To Speak Slowly

When communicating with someone from another culture, make sure to speak clearly and slowly. Don’t treat them like they don’t understand what you are saying to them. Raising your voice will not make you easier to understand. In fact, people might see you as a rude person. With that said, when you encounter someone from another culture, make sure to treat them with the utmost respect. Simply put, make sure to be as polite as you can possibly be.