Crime free Neighborhood?

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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 NEIGHBORHOODThe 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!!
 
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  1. Roger D. Mucci 12/18/2013 11:15 AM
  2. Debbie Reynolds 01/02/2014 09:54 PM
  3. Winston Heverly 03/16/2014 10:35 PM
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Marnie, you sound like Neal Cavuto during one of his monologues. Not a bad thing. He's one of my favorites. Always delivers his messages in prose.

Dec 20, 2013 12:34 AM #36
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John, Dallas has a large number of Neighborhood Associations that exist for the purpose of neighborhood safety. The associations provide opportunities for neighbors to gather, interact, form neighborhood watches, or hire off duty Dallas Police to deter crime. I am reminded by many that they grew up in an era where it was not necessary to lock doors, children could play outdoors, and parents did not worry about their safety. It is sad that most young people have never experienced that sense of safety and security.

Dec 20, 2013 03:30 PM #37
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Sharon, unfortunately I did not have the privilege of growing up in the kind of Norman Rockwell neighborhood you described. However, my children did. For the past 30+ years we've lived and raised out children (from the 80's to about 2 years ago).

Our invasion has just recently reared it's ugly head so it's not about how I was raised. Once again I attribute this latent phenomenon on today's times. It's a direct result of poverty, unemployment, illegal immigration and a faltering economy and the cost of real estate in our particular area.

Dec 21, 2013 01:24 AM #38
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Dec 21, 2013 10:59 AM #39
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I too remember never locking our door... today I myself need to be a genius to get into my own home... but we had a terrible robbery a few years ago and so now we live in a vault... more codes, cameras, alarms, guard dogs... you name it... my sons always say if someone wants in they are getting in but why make it easy for them... Merry Christmas

Dec 21, 2013 08:59 PM #40
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So very true. We used to be the same way. Didn't worry about locking our doors, etc. Now everything is locked and with very secure locks.

There are no crime free neighborhoods in existence anymore, no matter where you live, I agree.

Dec 21, 2013 10:13 PM #41
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I used to live in one of those neighborhoods where we kept the front door open a lot during the day. It was great but, even then, I knew it was just an illusion.

Dec 21, 2013 10:46 PM #42
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John, I've just added "The Grapes of Wrath" to my Christmas reading list.  The only difference while doing so this time around is that the 12 gauge will be poised and ready.  Anyone who believes that there is a safe haven from all crime needs to explore the World a little deeper.  Merry Christmas to you also, thank you! 

Dec 21, 2013 10:56 PM #43
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I grew up in a small town where we left the front door unlocked at night.  Not anymore.  Good blog. 

Dec 21, 2013 11:40 PM #44
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Hi John -- Roger Mucci's reblog brought me here.  Your post reminds me of the "broken windows" approach to city planning --- even though it is not violent crime in evidence, there is an underlying dilemma facing cities large and small across the country.   It's those small things that make a difference in the quality of life -- good post.   

Dec 22, 2013 02:16 AM #45
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Several years ago we were having teenagers creating problem in our neighbohood and we too banded together. It stopped and no more problems.

Dec 22, 2013 11:32 PM #46
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Fortunately there are plenty of statistics available on the internet for those who look regarding crime statistics.  I would absolutely not consider property without closely examining these types of statistics.  18 months ago I left an area that was on the radar for crime statistics for all the reasons you mentioned above.  I moved to a small, well policed mountain town that has substantially lower crime activity and I won't ever go back.  I shopped the property based primarily on crime statistics and demographics and know that the two are very closely intertwined.  I have clearly made the right decision for myself.

Dec 23, 2013 01:57 AM #47
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Kathy, thanks to Roger for sharing you with me!

Dec 30, 2013 06:28 AM #48
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Richard and Beth, no doubt about it. If bad guys want into your home they'll figure out how.

Spot on Bobbie. Better to be safe than sorry or worse.

Not so much an illusion as a modern day reality Jill.

Kevin, I guess I'll have to add that one along with my re read of Atlas Shrugged.

Dec 30, 2013 06:32 AM #49
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Thanks, Amanda and Jarrad.

Dec 30, 2013 06:33 AM #50
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Thanks Michael.

Dec 30, 2013 06:34 AM #51
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Debbie, I only wish teens were our only issues. I'd much prefer teens over what we're seeming to be dealing with nowadays. Lot's of multi-family & resident habitation. All resulting from children moving back home with Mom & Dad or multiple tenancy.

Dec 30, 2013 06:36 AM #52
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Tracy, I love your story and don't want to dampen your enthusiasm for your new neighborhood. But it kinda reminds me of my neighbor when they left a semi rural North San Diego community because of the negative influences she thought it had on her children.

She moved to Sequim, Washington only to have her oldest son busted within 3 months for buying drugs on the street corner of her quiet and peaceful neighborhood corner. A year later she caught her husband with his new boyfriend in one of the local taverns. 

So much for quiet, quaint and safe huh?

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Hi John. Stopped by from Debbie's reblog.

It is sad that we can't always trust who lives around us. I grew up in a time where we always locked our doors and personal items were put away for fear of being stolen. It's just not like it used to be anymore.

Jan 03, 2014 01:11 AM #54
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I know what you mean Suzanne. Fortunately we still have a neighborhood that is relatively safe and secure. Albeit we do leave our home unlocked when we're home we always lock it up when we leave for an extended period as we've just recently had a couple of incidents. Thanks for your comment.

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