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Researching Crime Rates
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There are many things you need
to consider when relocating to a new neighborhood
. You'll have to take into account such things
as the cost of living
, climate, and quality of the school system.
You'll also want to know about the crime rate of any potential new neighborhood
before moving there.
Although crime rates have decreased across the
country since the mid-1990s, violent crimes and property crimes can still occur
at any time and at any place. Also, there are certain locations that are more or
less susceptible to crimes. Knowing about the crime rates in advance can help
you select the best neighborhood to move to.
There are several
websites devoted to listing crime rates in any given neighborhood. Some of these
these sites provide you with statistics regarding crime in any neighborhood in
the country. If your desired location checks out okay, then you may be more
encouraged to move there. On the other hand, if a neighborhood has an
unexpectedly high crime rate, then you might want to consider other
Even if your new neighborhood has a low crime rate, there is
no guarantee that you and your home won't be victim to some type of crime.
Regardless of the neighborhood you live in, you should still take some
precautions to protect yourself against crime.
To help minimize the risks
of being affected by crimes, you can install a security system. The sign of your
security system manufacturer placed outside your home can ward off would-be
criminals. Another option is to set up a neighborhood watch program, if one
isn't in place already.
Did You Know?
According to the CQ Press, which publishes its
findings each year, the safest cities in America are:
- Ramapo, New York
- Mission Viejo, California
- O'Fallon, Missouri
- Newton, Massachusetts
- Brick Township, New Jersey
At the other end of the spectrum, here
are the most dangerous cities:
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Camden, New Jersey
- Detroit, Michigan
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Oakland, California