How to Discreetly Find Out More About Your Neighbors
For some people, talking to neighbors is a simple experience that takes no extra time or energy. In fact, some people even make great friends with their neighbors. Unfortunately, that’s the exception rather than the rule nowadays, as over 30% of Americans never spend time with their neighbors, a substantial increase from about 30 years ago when the percentage was closer to 20. However, if you don’t know your neighbors, you really have no way to know if they’re safe, and you likely have little to no basic information about any of them, such as where they’ve lived before. How do you get to know those kinds of things without asking them or dedicating lots of time to becoming their friend? Here’s how.
Talk to them in passing
You’re bound to run into your neighbors somewhere, whether outside while you’re cutting the grass or at the store. It’ll likely be more of a welcome experience than you expect. This way, you don’t have to find a reason to go over to their home, and neither of you has to feel uncomfortable about a forced conversation. You’ll find that even with a couple of 30-second conversations, you’ll start feeling more comfortable around them, and they’ll be more likely to tell you important things about themselves and their families. As an added benefit, they’ll also be more likely to help you out if you need it during a crisis of some sort.
Listen to the neighborhood gossip
You don’t even particularly have to know anyone extremely well to hear little bits of information about other people. It’s just something people do; gossip is such an integral part of community life that it’s expected. Even if only 30% of your neighbors know each other, that group might spread out extremely far, which means that between all of your neighbors, you can likely get quite a bit of information about everyone. That information can help you tell those to avoid, those to talk to more, and which ones might have even better information. Even better, all you really have to do to get this kind of gossip is listen; the chatty neighbors do the hard part!
Take to the Internet
The Internet is a great way to learn more about people in general. After all, with 81% of Americans having some sort of social media account, it’s likely that a good chunk of your neighbors document some of their life on the Internet. You probably already do as well, which means it should be easy to find them and perhaps learn a few extra things about them. Depending on how many social media accounts they have, and how open they are about their life, you can find things with just a couple minutes of searching. No one will be the wiser and you’ll have all the information you need.
If you want to know even more about your neighbors, however, you’ll have to do a little bit more digging. PeopleFinders is a great place to do that digging. You can find information about your neighbors without having to talk much to them or those they know, and it has information that they’re very unlikely to give out to people. Be friendly to the point that you can get a phone number and then look them up with a reverse phone lookup to get detailed contact information. Then, put that information into a background check to get evidence of any past criminal activity. You can tell whom in your neighborhood to trust and which people to be suspicious of in just a couple of minutes.
It’s true that less and less people are getting involved in the lives of their neighbors, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. It’s great to get to know your neighbors. However, it’s equally important to stay safe when you’re deciding which folks to get to know. You can do that easily with a bit of help from PeopleFinders. Lessen the worry you have about the safety of your family by getting to know a bit more about those you share a neighborhood with.
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