Crime free Neighborhood?
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these types of questions popping up in recent weeks. As I've said on the other posts and questions I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will be a CRIME FREE NEIGHBOROOD.
We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile and challenging socio-economic times everywhere in America.
With dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and often just shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now very viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.
I've lived in a very laid back, low key semi-rural North San Diego County neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked and that includes the times we've gone away on extended vacations.
However, during this past year we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the large multi-acre single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood in recent years. In fact I'm beginning to see this trend croping up in many neighborhoods nowadays.
Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets around these homes and properties.
Common sense has to tell you that these folks don't appear to be the most financially privileged or steadily employed. Hence, one must assume that lot's of these folks are hungry and possibly even desperate to pay the rent. So voila our once very upscale, safe and quiet neighborhood has become not such a CRIME FREE NEIGHBORHOOD any longer.
As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunately there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured and could possibly be used to purchase next weeks groceries.
One of our neighbors even had 4 chickens stolen in the past month right out of their chicken coop. Duh........ya think someone might be hungry?
So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM.
Since the NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH signs have gone up....................
and we've installed new or activated existing security systems and video cameras........................
and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known with periodic drive-byes..............
and we've all been keeping in touch with one another via email, phone or a personal visit...............
and notifying the neighborhood when we'll be out of town things have once again normalized. In fact there have been no incidents in the past few months.
So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way to have a CRIME FREE NEIGHBORHOOD. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
Its sad to see the day come when we can no longer leave our doors unlocked and our homes open. But times have changed and if we're not willing to adjust accordingly we'll have to bare the consequences or move into a safe and secure high rise in some urban downtown area.
BTW, a safe and secure HIGH RISE is not a bad choice for many but I much prefer my laid back Southern California Country lifestyle.
CRIME FREE NEIGHBORHOODS? There a scarce commodity nowadays unfortunately. So you best be prepared. But above all get to KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS.
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!