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CHOOSING A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD

No neighborhood is 100 percent safe. What this means is that, while checking crime rates and looking into your neighborhood statistics can help you choose a safe neighborhood, you really never know. There are ways to choose a safe neighborhood and ways to see what the past activities have happened on your potential street but, essentially, this does not promise you that nothing will happen in the future.

Checking the Neighbors

One of the things that will impact the safety of your street is the people living around you. If you are surrounded by families and respected couples, then this can be a good sign. If you are surrounded by people fighting, by all night parties and by student share homes, then this can indicate a higher crime rate or incident rate at least. However, people move to a different place and often you will have a whole new set of neighbors every decade or so. Furthermore, if there are several rental homes in the neighborhood, then you could have new neighbors and a new dynamic on the neighborhood every year.

You can check crime rates online or even ask your realtor about the safety of the neighborhood. There are sites online where you can see incident reports of each neighborhood for the past few years. Things like break ins, domestic fights and other incidents where the police were called can be displayed on the screen so you can check what has happened in your neighborhood in the past.

You can also be bold and ask your new neighbors directly about the safety of the neighborhood. However, this might not be your style and you may not get a straight answer. Often a safe neighborhood, however, will have a few stand out features, such as a park or school nearby as well as well lit streets. Cul-de-sacs also tend to be safe, statistics wise.

One of the things that can impact the safety of your property is the features of the yard. If your home is surrounded by other properties as well as a large fence, then this actually makes it much safer in terms of incidents of theft. If your home has no rear neighbors and instead backs onto a walking path or even bush land, then this can actually be a lot less safe for theft. This is because often thieves will strike at night and come in through the bush or walking paths. Targeting a home that is on the walking path means they can easily strike and run away without impacting too many people and risk getting caught.

Making Your Home Safe

You can reduce the risk of thefts in your property, even if you are renting, by investing in a large fence. Even getting a dog can reduce your risk of theft, if your landlord allows it. You can also look at adding more lighting to your front and backyard area so that if anyone steps there at night, a spotlight hits them. These are some of the ways to make your current neighborhood safe.

Choosing a safe neighborhood is important but almost impossible as a safe street in the past does not guarantee your home will be completely safe in the future. The people living next to you may change, especially if the homes are rental properties and you cannot guarantee that a thief won't strike your street just because it has been relatively quiet in the past. The best thing you can do is make your home as safe as possible regardless of where you are living.

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