5 Signs your neighborhood is dangerous
Whether you’re moving to a new neighborhood or have lived in the same area for years, here are five signs that your neighborhood might be more dangerous than it seems.
High crime rate statistics
When you’re looking into a potential neighborhood, look at the crime statistics. According to the fbi’s annual crime report, there were 1,197,704 violent crimes across the country in 2015. 1
Although crimes are often concentrated in big cities, it doesn’t mean your neighborhood is necessarily safe even if it’s in a small town. As you’re researching online, check out sites like MyLocalCrime.com and CrimeReports.com to get a better idea of your area.
Constant police presence
Police officers respond to crimes. So it can be a bad sign if there’s high police activity in your neighborhood. That’s not to say that seeing a cop car pass through your block once in a while is something to worry about—it’s part of a police officer’s job to patrol different areas. But if you notice cops responding to calls multiple times a day, it might be time to move or take extra safety precautions.
Abandoned houses and storefronts
One of the most obvious signs of a declining neighborhood is vacant houses and storefronts. 2 If you see a lot of buildings and homes in your area that have been empty for many months to a year, it might be a sign that your neighborhood is dangerous.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, “research links foreclosed, vacant, and abandoned properties with reduced property values, increased crime, [and] increased risk to public health and welfare.” 3 You can avoid moving to a declining neighborhood by looking at how many vacant buildings and homes are in the area.
A lack of grocery stores and restaurants could be a sign of a dangerous neighborhood. According to the american nutrition association, “these parts of the country, vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas.” 4 The articles goes on to mention that instead of healthy food, these types of neighborhoods are filled with fast food places and quickie marts. So, if you find yourself scouting the neighborhood for a grocery store and instead seeing a row of fast food places, you might want to reconsider the location.
Neighborhoods with a large population of renters can be associated with higher crime rates. According to a study conducted by the university of virginia, “rental properties often have more criminal activity than owner-occupied dwellings.” 5 This doesn’t mean that every renter is a bad person; we’ve all likely rented a home at one point or another. It’s just something to keep in mind. The more people change in a neighborhood, the more likely it might be that some of them are up to no good.