Is Your Neighborhood Safe? The Answer Might Surprise You

Is Your Neighborhood Safe? The Answer Might Surprise You

 

Before you even think of placing an offer on a new home, you should do your homework to ensure the neighborhood is safe for you and your family. Just because it’s quiet with little-to-no activity doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s void of crime. So, how do you know if your neighborhood is safe?

 

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Neighborhood Watch

 

Ever notice the neighborhood watch signs on display in various neighborhoods? They aren’t used strictly for decorative purposes. These signs indicate that an organized groups of residents and/or citizens have joined together to fight crime. Residents in the neighborhood will contact one another to report suspicious activity, acts of vandalism, and to keep an eye on each others property. Neighborhood watch programs are highly effective in deterring burglaries and other forms of criminal activity.

 

Check The Local News

 

Sometimes the best way to determine if a neighborhood is safe is by checking the local news. Look in the newspaper and watch the local news channels to see if there are reports of criminal activity. You can expect some crime in pretty much all cities, but if you notice numerous reports of violent crime, it’s probably a good idea to avoid that neighborhood.

 

Family Watchdog

 

There are approximately 747,000 registered sex offenders living in the U.S. It’s not something most homebuyers want to think about, but you could moving in right next door to one. Thankfully, there’s a simple (and free) tool that allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. Visit http://www.familywatchdog.us/, type your address into the search bar at the top of the page and click “GO!” It will then display a map of your area that’s marked with registered sex offenders.

 

Crime Map

 

Another helpful tool that homeowners can use to gauge the level of criminal activity in their neighborhood is the crime map right here on our website. You are able to search by your address and narrow by specific date ranges or types of crimes.

 

U.S. Cities With Highest Burglary Rates

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) published its Uniform Crime Reports for the calender year 2012, revealing U.S. cities with the highest rates of burglary and fortunately Texas isn’t even on the list. According to the report, the 15 cities in which homeowners are most likely to experience a burglary include the following:

 

  1. Cleveland, Ohio
  2. Toledo, Ohio
  3. Memphis, Tennessee
  4. Detroit, Michigan
  5. Cincinnati, Ohio
  6. Indianapolis, Indiana
  7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  8. Louis, Missouri
  9. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  10. Oakland, California
  11. Buffalo, New York
  12. Kansas City, Missouri
  13. Stockton, California
  14. Atlanta, Georgia
  15. Bakersfield, California
     

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