Keep the porch raised up off the ground. This will help to create a sense of security and allow you to look out over the neighborhood. But keep in mind that if a front porch is raised up 30 inches or more from the ground, code requires a 36-inch-high guardrail for safety.A high perch can help you watch over the neighborhood, and a safe neighborhood is a happy and comfortable neighborhood. You've probably heard of Neighborhood Watch programs — a front porch allows you to be an active member. Parents know more than anyone how important it is to have a safe place for raising kids. Just by sitting on the porch you can help deter crime and unwanted activity.