How Safe is Your Neighborhood?
People tend to assume they’re safe in their own homes. After all, it’s where you stay for the vast majority of your time, and you’re surrounded by other people who are also in their homes. It should be mostly safe for you, and you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone who might be interested in harming you.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Approximately 3.7 million household burglaries occur every year, and that number has stayed mostly consistent over time. It’s astonishing, and, in many ways, incredibly scary. Knowing that your house could be broken into is worrying, and it’s even worse if you don’t have any idea how risky the area you live in is. However, you can change that. You have the ability to see how safe your neighborhood is — or, conversely, how dangerous it is. With just a little bit of research and some basic knowledge, you can arm yourself with the knowledge that will stop robbers in their tracks.
Look Up Police Reports
This is the first thing you should do when you’re trying to find basic information on crime rates. Every year, police release crime reports to the public, making it easy for you to see the amount of violent and nonviolent crime that has happened in your neighborhood in the last year. Most of the time, the reports will break the city’s crime down into smaller categories than just “violent” and “nonviolent.” Robberies, murders, home invasions, all these different categories should have their own numbers assigned to them, making it easy for you to understand what kind of crime is mostly being committed around you.
However, police crime reports can be difficult to read. Even a well-laid-out report may be intended more for internal use than external use; some police departments don’t have the time or resources to rewrite a crime report for the public, so they release it with its original jargon, language you might not understand. That’s why you may need to look a little further.
Ask Your Neighbors
Neighbors are an invaluable resource. Unfortunately, about a third of people report that they don’t interact with their neighbors at all, which means most people aren’t taking advantage of the communities that are closest to them. It’s important to get to know your neighbors, not only so you have friends who are near you, but because they can help you with issues like neighborhood safety.
Your neighbors can tell you when there have been issues in the past. Someone is bound to remember if there were police at the house across the street a week ago, or if someone had to call 911 to report suspicious activity. Even more importantly, robberies almost always happen when the individuals who live in the home are away. Having a neighbor who’s sitting outside can literally ward off potential robberies. Knowing your neighbors can mean the difference between being the victim of a crime and avoiding a robbery.
Look Up Your Neighborhood
Police reports and the news are all well and good, but they don’t provide in-depth information about the homes in your area and what has happened to them in the last few years. You need to be able to see if there are bad people living in your neighborhood, if the homes in your neighborhood have been sold a suspicious amount of times over the years, and if you should be worried rather than just accepting that this is how things are.
That’s where PeopleFinders comes in. With their search services, you can get fast, efficient information on people and places, at a price that’s far less than that valuable information is worth. Look up addresses and find who owns the house across the street, then look that person up and do a background search for potential criminal activity. If you want to be incredibly thorough, a monthly subscription will allow you to do research on literally your entire neighborhood for only pennies a click.
Nobody is going to live in a perfect neighborhood where no crime is ever committed and you don’t have to worry about anything. But with a little bit of work, you can make sure you know how safe your neighborhood is so you don’t waste your time worrying about potential issues around you. Use PeopleFinders to soothe your worries in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
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