Environmental home security
When considering where to build or buy a home,
consider contacting the law enforcement agency having
jurisdiction to ask what the crime history is for that
neighborhood. Most agencies tabulate crime by geographic area
(called districts, zones, sectors, sections, or something
similar), and should be able to provide this data as public
Drive through the area to assess general conditions. Are the
potential neighbors owners themselves, or are the owners
predominantly absentee and the occupants primarily renters?
While renters are not negative neighbors in any way, owners just
naturally have a more intense interest in maintaining their own
property in prime condition, and will tend to be more involved
in neighborhood affairs.
Is the area generally clean? Graffiti-free? Homes in good
repair? Don't forget to check during hours of darkness to assess
street lighting, area lighting, and the lighting on and around
your residence. Are street locator signs in place at
intersections as you approach? Are street addresses prominently
displayed on all (or most) of the residences?