Safety-Related Issues To Research Before You Buy A House


In the early stages of planning to buy a house, you'll need to identify a key area that you wish to target. This choice may be based on the area's proximity to schools for your children, public transportation routes, or other valuable factors for your family. Before you completely make up your mind about the area, it's within your best interest to research some safety-related issues about the neighborhood. Looking online is a good way to learn a lot about the neighborhood and help you decide that it's a safe one to move into. This is especially important if you have children. Here are some things to look up.

Property Crime Statistics

While many different types of crime are concerning to people, property crimes are especially unnerving to homeowners. Before you consider moving to a certain area, make sure that you look up statistics on the frequency of property crimes such as home break-ins and home vandalism. You may also wish to dig up information on vehicle theft and break-ins, as you may want to park your vehicle in the driveway of your new home. When you find this information, you'll be able to make an informed decision about whether a given area is somewhere that you wish to live.

Sex Offender Registry

Finding out if there are any registered sex offenders in the area you're considering is also critical. This is especially true if you have children, although it's always beneficial for any potential buyer to know this information. You can pull data from the state's sex offender registry to provide you with locations on a map where registered sex offenders are residing. This information can be critical, especially when you obtain these details beyond the immediate neighborhood you're considering. For example, perhaps there are no registered offenders on your street, but there are two along the route that your children would be walking to school.

Vacant Home Locations

Vacant homes might not seemingly have a close link with safety and crime, but the reality is that vacant properties can have undesirable elements. A community that has multiple vacant homes might be targeted by thieves looking to ransack the homes, teenagers looking for an area to party, or homeless people looking for shelter. These are likely elements that you don't want in your neighborhood, so make sure that you can identify which homes in a specific area are currently vacant. This isn't something that you can likely do online, but a drive or a walk through the neighborhood can often reveal vacant homes.

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