How safe would you say your neighborhood is these days?
If you feel like things are not as safe as they should be, what measures can you take to better ensure safety?
By having a safe neighborhood to live in and come home to each day, life can be more enjoyable.
Using the Internet to Find Out Who is Around You
Part of making your neighborhood safer starts with using the Internet.
Yes, you can get info on how to start a neighborhood watch program, what crime stats are where you live and more.
You can also go online to do a search of the people around you.
For instance, if you live in California, you can get online and do a California inmate search.
Such a search can move you closer to finding out about certain people who may be incarcerated.
Maybe one of their relatives lives in your neighborhood. If so, would it worry you if the inmate got out on parole at some point and then came and visited them? For most people, the kind of crime or crimes the person was in jail for would dictate how nervous they may be. That is if they showed up in the neighborhood.
If one of your neighbors has a criminal past, see if you can find out what that criminal record involves. Having one with a forgery conviction in your area is not the same as one who committed rape, robbery and more.
When it comes right down to it, doing as much as you can to find out who lives in your neighborhood is a big first step.
Looking for Trouble Spots in the Neighborhood
There are a variety of red flags you should keep an eye out for when it comes to making your neighborhood safer.
For example, strange vehicles and people that shows up without warning.
If you sense a vehicle is cruising around or parked all too often in your area, once again do some digging.
You could go online and do a license plate lookup. This is to jot down the license plate of the vehicle. Then go and see online if you can find out who the vehicle belongs to and more.
Some strange vehicles in the neighborhood more than once may amount to nothing. Then again, others could be troublesome.
Among the possibilities would be drivers are casing homes, looking to kidnap and more. At the end of the day, it is better to be safe than sorry.
You should also stay in touch with the local police force. Ask for the latest crime statistics as they relate to the following:
· Vehicle theft
By being up to speed on such info, you can have a better sense of if your neighborhood is in fact a problem spot.
If you are planning to move to another neighborhood, best to get such info on crimes ahead of time.
By being a pro-active resident no matter what neighborhood you live in, you lower the odds of being a victim.