“I want to live in a safe neighborhood”, you say.
“Perfectly understandable!”, I say.
However, only YOU know what “safe” means to you.
Are you looking for specific features? Have a specific area in mind?
- Do you want gated access? Gated access with a 24/7 guard on duty at the gate?
- Do you want a home with an alarm system already installed?
- Do you want an area with an active neighborhood watch program?
- Do you want to be in the middle of 100 fenced acres with loose guard dogs?
We can certainly look for some of these specific types of features in your home search, but you must direct me as to which specific feature(s) you want.
Consider also the pros and cons of each feature. Gated access also means more hoops to jump getting invited guests to your home. A pre-installed alarm system might not be the one you wanted. The isolation of a 100-acre farm is both a pro and con all on it’s own. And so on.
Remember too that regardless of the safety feature(s) of choice, nothing is 100%. Criminals can still get in if they want to do so – over fences, in disguise, alternate points of entry, cut alarms, etc. Criminals don’t follow the rules. Also, sadly, many crimes are committed by people we know and trust – family, friends, acquaintances – the very people that we happily invite into our homes.
If you want nitty gritty statistics on crime in a given area, try the LexisNexis Community Crime Map. It will give you more detail than most want to know! It can be an overwhelming amount of information, but you can filter the data with various selectors such as date range, events, and agency to name a few.
If you elect to use such a statistics program, I strongly suggest that you look at the crime within current neighborhood FIRST. You might be surprised at how the actual levels differ from your perception. It’s a real eye-opener for many people!
Then look at the area (s)you’re considering.
Note that not all agencies (e.g. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or Denver Police Department) report to this database, and for those that do not all crimes are reported.
Once you’ve found “safe” area(s) you want to consider, let me know and we’ll concentrate our searches there.
Other Resource Options To Consider
- View the websites of the specific ageny(ies) that service the area(s) in which you want more information.
- Ask friends / family who might already live in or near those area(s), yet keep the above comment about perception in mind.
- Maybe drive through the neighborhood at different times of a weekday, weekend day, then at night.
- Maybe stop and chat with the neighbors if they’re out and about.
- Visit local businesses.
- Read local newspapers or newsletters or social media.
Anyhoot, hopefully these resources will help inform you you in your decision-making process but as there are pros and cons to everything, you must weigh your choices and make your own decisions and direct me accordingly.
About here I realize I’ve heavily biased the interpretation of “safe” towards crime. My apologies! Maybe to you it means something completely different. Maybe wide smooth streets with generous sidewalks and vehicle-slowing speed bumps everywhere. Or the community pool with a lifeguard always on duty when it’s open and a cover over it when it’s not. Or a south-facing driveway so snow/ice melts quickly in the winter. Or, Or, Or …
The point remains: only you know what “safe” means to you. Let’s discuss it and see what we can find that meets your needs.