Is Your Neighborhood Safe

Dated: October 16 2020

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Is Your New Neighborhood Safe?

How toResearch Your New CommunityFinding the right home for you and your family involves more than the rightnumber of bedrooms and a lovely front yard; the neighborhood in which it’slocated can make a huge difference in the quality of your experience in the home.The most important consideration must be the safety of the community. Not onlyis it a critical component of a healthy lifestyle, but it can also have a drastic effecton resale values. 

Fortunately, there are some strategies and tools available to help you learn aboutthe safety of your potential new home.

 • Talk to the Neighbors – The first step in researching your new location is totalk with the locals. Start with the neighbors next door if possible, but alsospend time in the local shops and ask about the community.

 • Drive through the Neighborhood at Varying Times – One visit on aSaturday morning will never give you a sense of the neighborhood. Drive byon a Friday night and weekday afternoons to learn more about thecommunity. Watch for children playing in the parks and older couples outfor a walk.

 • Utilize Tools – There are a variety of online tools available. Crime researchsites such as  SpotCrime and NeighborhoodScout offer crimestatistics. The National Sex Offender Public Website is another goodresearch tool. Each city will also have a published crime blotter reportavailable to review. 

The safety and security of your new community should be a top consideration asyou search for your new home.  Taking the time to research the area will ensureyou make the best decision possible for you and your family.

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