Thursday, November 08, 2007
How to Find a Safe Neighborhood
Q: I am looking at a home for rent on the city's Northwest side. The landlord says this area of the neighborhood isn't that bad but I wanted to make sure. What is your honest opinion on the neighborhood.

A: This is a question that I get a lot, and I really cannot give advice on a specific neighborhood or street as far as favorable places to live. Many areas of the city have "bad" spots or houses in them. I would suggest doing some of your own research beyond the advice of a prospective landlord. You should contact a realtor for some neighborhood advice, you can contact the Crime Prevention office of the police department to ask about neighborhood watch groups in the area you are thinking of and speaking with concerned residents in these groups, or even knock on a few doors around the house you are thinking of and try to speak with the neighbors around the house you are looking at.

Crimes are best prevented by neighbors who know, care, and look out for each other, as police cannot be everywhere at once. Getting to know the other people living around you is one of the best things to do to try to keep your neighborhood crime down. Take notice of the properties around the one you are looking at- well kept lawns and homes, homes with few abandoned houses around them, and also the general cleanliness of the street and properties are all good indicators of what to look for!


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