A Guide to Evaluating Neighborhood Safety When Home Shopping
When you’re home shopping, you’ll generally have a list of things you’re interested in. Proximity to jobs and school, size, and design are all important to you and your family. One of the most important aspects to consider, however, is safety. Whether you have children that might want to play outside, you enjoy walking, the bus is your mode of transportation, or a thousand other potential reasons, making sure your neighborhood is safe should be high on your list of priorities. But understanding how safe a neighborhood is can be difficult. Here’s a quick guide on how to ensure that you move to a safe neighborhood.
Do an internet search.
The internet is a great place to find information on the crime level of your state, city, and even neighborhood. The best thing to do is search the name of your neighborhood and the word “crime,” and look through the results to see what people are saying about the crime rate of the area you’re looking to move into. Not only are there websites that will aggregate user reviews, police information, and other statistics, but you might also find blog posts and news reports that can give you some more insight into whether your potential neighborhood has any safety or security issues. Make sure that your sources are reputable, though, and look at plenty of sites instead of sticking to the first result that pops up.
Check with your neighbors.
You’d be surprised at how friendly neighbors can be! Generally, you’re not going to want to walk around and knock on people’s doors to have a friendly chat, but if you see them or their kids outside, there’s nothing wrong with walking up and striking up a conversation. Tell them that you’re thinking of moving to the neighborhood and ask their opinion on the area. If you don’t want approach someone one-on-one, many neighborhoods have community areas where they host activities and meetings. They are a great place to meet people, especially people who engage with the community more frequently.
As with internet searches, it’s a good idea not to take one person’s opinion to heart. They may have an issue with one person that they’ve extrapolated to the whole neighborhood, and that’s hardly an unbiased review. Instead, collect opinions from many different neighbors. Ask about all kinds of different things, too; safety doesn’t stop at muggings and home break-ins. They may even bring up some concerns that you haven’t thought about, or tell you about exciting things you would never have considered!
Use an online people search to get information on your prospective neighbors.
If you’ve already put in the time to get to know your prospective neighbors’ names, you can find more information about them very easily using PeopleFinders. Sometimes, it’s not enough to know the residents’ personal opinions about the area around them; you need to know if the people themselves are safe to be around. With the PeopleFinders background check and criminal records search, you can see if the people around you have a criminal history. The criminal records search will turn up everything from small misdemeanor convictions to major felonies, so you can make the best decision for yourself as to whether or not you think they’re safe.
It is important to note that not everyone with an arrest record is dangerous. In fact, there are approximately as many people with arrest records in America as there are people with bachelor’s degrees! But knowing if they do have an arrest record, or if they were convicted of a violent crime, is useful information. If nothing else, it will make you feel better about moving to a new area.
Anyone who is moving has many important decisions ahead of them. How much are they able to spend on living expenses? When will they move? Can they find a place that is convenient for both work and play activities? But one of the most important concerns is the question of how safe an area is to live in. The safety of where you live will affect everything else in your life, and feeling safe in your home is important when it comes to how comfortable you are. By using PeopleFinders and doing some general background checks on the neighborhood you’re moving to, you can rest easy knowing that you and your family are safe.
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