Is Your New Neighborhood Safe? How to
Research Your New Community
Finding the right home for you and your family involves more than the right
number of bedrooms and a lovely front yard; the neighborhood in which it’s
located 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 only
is it a critical component of a healthy lifestyle, but it can also have a drastic effect
on resale values.
Fortunately, there are some strategies and tools available to help you learn about
the safety of your potential new home.
• Talk to the Neighbors – The first step in researching your new location is to
talk with the locals. Start with the neighbors next door if possible, but also
spend time in the local shops and ask about the community.
• Drive through the Neighborhood at Varying Times – One visit on a
Saturday morning will never give you a sense of the neighborhood. Drive by
on a Friday night and weekday afternoons to learn more about the
community. Watch for children playing in the parks and older couples out
for a walk.
• Utilize Tools – There are a variety of online tools available. Crime research
sites such as CrimeReports, SpotCrime, and NeighborhoodScout offer crime
statistics. The National Sex Offender Public Website is another good
research tool. Each city will also have a published crime blotter report
available to review.
The safety and security of your new community should be a top consideration as
you search for your new home. Taking the time to research the area will ensure
you make the best decision possible for you and your family.