I just got a huge compliment today. My across-the-street neighbor said to me that if the Zombie Apocalypse comes around, he knows who HE wants to hang out with (yours truly). That is exactly my intent, for my house and me to be a Zombie Apocalypse Safety Zone for my neighbors.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The best security is well-fed neighbors! (I still don’t know the source of that quote, but just now when I was trying to track down who said it, I found this article “12 Good (Financial) Reasons To Be Friends with Your Neighbors.” (The reasons they give are actually more than just financial. And the comments on the article are full of great examples.)