How to Tell If You Live in a Dangerous Neighborhood

How to Tell If You Live in a Dangerous Neighborhood

Moving into a new home is a wonderful thing! Or is it? Staying in your childhood neighborhood is quaint and safe. Or is it? Chances are if you recently moved, you looked into the crime data of the town before making the leap, but not everyone does. Maybe you’ve noticed changes in the neighborhood you’ve lived in your entire life, but you don’t know how at risk you are. Here are a few ways to tell if you have moved into, or are amidst a transition into living into a dangerous neighborhood. 

1 – Bars on Doors and Windows

The working poor and working class think that a security alarm system is too expensive of an investment, reserved for rich people and those in the middle class. This is untrue except in dire circumstances, given the affordability in the modern age of both alarm and video-surveillance systems, but they are still not common in certain kinds of neighborhoods. Homeowners living in these conditions install bars on their doors and windows to prevent break-ins, and if you see them all over the place, chances are that the neighborhood is dangerous.

2 – Abandoned Houses

Houses falling apart without occupants or maintenance are likely homes that went into foreclosure or condemnable. These kinds of properties, sadly, serve as shelter for those addicted to drugs, homeless people, and other folks that are forced to deal with the deepest level of personal insecurity in our society. If a lot of these houses are around, it’s likely that it’s a dangerous neighborhood. Over 80% of home break-ins in the United States are committed so that the burglars can pay for their street drugs, which is a sad circumstance for everyone involved.

3 – Broken Car Window Class Strewn About

If you’re walking through the neighborhood and crunching broken glass beneath your boots, chances are you are in a neighborhood where people are either breaking alcohol bottles in the street at night, or breaking into cars by smashing in the windows. While it’s easy to recommend a glass break detection device for your car, it’s less easy to tell you that you are safe in a neighborhood with frequent robbery of automobiles. 

4 – More Homeless People Than Usual

City-dwellers will have much more experience with the presence of homeless people in the streets and in transit stations, and the unfortunate fact is that they congregate fairly close to their original whereabouts, given that it’s unlikely that they have a lot of money for relocation. A lot of homeless people in one area is an indicator of a piercing economic divide and both financial and potentially medical instability. While it’s good to be gracious and treat all people with grace, the reality is that the more homeless people you see, the more vulnerable you are to danger in your neighborhood. 

5 – High Police Presence

Seeing police driving around the neighborhood streets constantly, and that means on a nightly basis, means that you are in a dangerous neighborhood. Especially if you see multiple police congregating regularly at transit stations and places where people tend to gather.


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