How Safe Do You Feel In Your Neighborhood?

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    Aug 28, 2014 5:35 PM GMT
    Do you ever have safety concerns in your neighborhood, either daytime or night?

    In my immediate neighborhood(Morningside,Atlanta) I feel very safe because any type of crime is rare. My partner and I sometimes run at 4am(if we can't sleep from jet lag)...and the neighborhood seems to have plenty of others on 'jogging patrol' so maybe that helps.

    However in nearby neighborhoods I see evidence of broken car windows way too often.

    How about your neighborhood?
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 28, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    I used to. I live int he Suburbs. Quiet. Leafy, But yet, quite a mixed area in terms of socio-economic background.

    Last summer my next door but one neighbour was playing music in his house so loud I could hear it in my offce. With the windows shut. He did this repeatedly.

    So one day I went over and asked him if he could turn it down. Whereupon he threatened to physically assualt me and did verbally abuse me and had his dog on me.

    This, naturally, terrified me. Yet he denied it ever happened to the police.

    From that day on I never walk by his house. Which usually means making a good ten minute or more detour.

    Sadly, his garden backs on to mine and I'm scared to go in my garden.

    Great.
  • Sentinel53

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    Aug 28, 2014 6:14 PM GMT
    Determinate saidDo you ever have safety concerns in your neighborhood, either daytime or night?

    In my immediate neighborhood(Morningside,Atlanta) I feel very safe because any type of crime is rare. My partner and I sometimes run at 4am(if we can't sleep from jet lag)...and the neighborhood seems to have plenty of others on 'jogging patrol' so maybe that helps.

    However in nearby neighborhoods I see evidence of broken car windows way too often.

    How about your neighborhood?


    I live in Singapore in the marina Bay Area, just walked back from a club and yea, we have 4 murders a year... Chances of winning the lotto is far greater. Extremely safe
  • tazzari

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    Aug 28, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    I summers at a remote ranch in British Columbia. The only scare is bears - I looked up from my book a few weeks ago and there was a cub about 5 feet away. But other than that, totally safe and safe-feeling, once you get over the silence.

    Winters are in a suburb of Seattle - Edmonds - totally safe, except for a slippery, steep driveway!
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    Aug 28, 2014 6:21 PM GMT
    I live right next to a Sheriff's station and in a tourist hub. Pretty safe.
  • FRE0

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    Aug 28, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    My neighborhood has become a high crime area. Vehicle thefts and vehicle break-ins are common. Only a week ago, a neighbor, who lives only two blocks from me, had his 1984 Ford truck stolen; they left his BMW alone. Houses have been broken into, a few times even when people were home. Women are afraid to walk at night. However, I have never been personally affected and have never heisted to walk at night. Even so, the crime would certainly reduce the selling price of my house and other houses in the neighborhood.

    Where are monthly meetings with the police. They are very short-handed, which contributes to the problem.
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    Aug 28, 2014 7:20 PM GMT
    There is the occasional break-in or vandalism. Teens or drifters. There aren't any neighbors' houses visible from my house. And in fact, I can't see some of the other buildings on the ranch from my house. I go on fence patrol every day, and I did buy a video surveillance system. Most of the trespassers that I've caught this year were photographers. If somebody sees something obviously not right on a neighbor's property, they'll usually call. (The most common call is, "Hey, there are cattle in the road... any idea who they belong to?)

    I'm not sure that there is any more crime now than there was fifty years ago. But my parents never locked their doors, ever, until Mom was quite old and on her own. They didn't even carry keys. When they were gone on month-long vacations, I would gather up the keys from their vehicles, which were usually just left in the ignition.

    Maybe it's a perception of how much you have to lose.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 28, 2014 8:39 PM GMT
    I live in a large village and feel very safe. This is one of the advantages of living in a rural area. I can go anywhere on foot, day or night. I`ve never been a victim of crime here, and only once before suffered homophobic abuse when I lived in a city, Leicester. I don`t feel any fear of crime, either.
    There is some crime in the village, but it`s very low level and rare.
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    Aug 28, 2014 9:20 PM GMT
    Currently I enjoy a neighborhood with very little crime in an urban town that's about 20% below the national average crime index so that's pretty good for a metropolitan area. Last year on a walk I noticed and reported some minor graffiti in the street. The cop's face was stunned and she said "nothing ever happens here."

    I grew up as latchkey kid with the run of a town even now still 85% below national average. The biggest trouble maker there was probably my brother.

    As an adult in south Florida, my town in Palm Beach County is about 40% below national average crime with the immediate area being even safer. The most dangerous area I lived stateside was the gayborehood Wilton Manors, currently about 23% higher crime than national average.

    My worst experience there, and that actually got pretty fucking annoying, was the perverts cruising our side streets at night, which was the only time it was cool enough to walk the dog. Those bastards would circle like shark. It was real creepy. Sometimes I'd flag them over, they'd pull over, lower their tinted windows thinking they were getting dick when all they got was my loud threats to call the cops if they didn't vacate my neighborhood. I scared the hell out of a couple of them.

    The very worst area we lived was when I was a kid in the USVI during a period when whites were getting massacred. While we were there, one of my friends was threatened with his life while hitchhiking, and one of my neighbors--as crazy as it sounds or at least as I remember it--had been found in the trunk of his car, body hacked to bits, car tossed off cliff. You'd think he'd have taken the hint the week before when a ring of fire was set around his house.

    Sometimes the Cruzan kids would ride bareback on the beach and whip their horses in front of the white folk, blood spilling into the turquoise sea behind our condo. That was brutal. Finally, they came up onto our balcony with grappling hook, broke in, poisoned my dog who hallucinated for a while after that, scared the hell out of my mom who insisted we come back to the states. I still loved the place but she had enough of paradise.

    PS out of curiosity I just google and looks like its still pretty rough in the USVI. Such a shame as it is so beautiful there.

    http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/v-i-homicide-rate-still-among-world-s-highest-1.1434291
    V.I. homicide rate still among world's highest

    And I'll bet crime is up on St. Croix where the refinery, a major employer there, closed I think just a few years ago. Paradise lost.
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    Aug 28, 2014 9:56 PM GMT
    Wow, I had no idea. St. Croix was one of the only two places I ever went "for vacation." Since I had no idea what to do when I wasn't diving, I went on long walks. I do remember being disturbed by (very well executed) graffiti murals and cars that all seemed to depict kids with uzis.

    I've also gone for long walks in Baltimore and Houston, after which people told me, "Oh, you have to take a cab. You'd get shot if you walked through there." ... but I just did. Nobody bothered me.

    At least I'm not as bad as that guy who thought he'd take a little visit to Fallujah icon_rolleyes.gif
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/07/world/middleeast/07falluja.html?_r=0
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    Aug 28, 2014 10:15 PM GMT
    I just moved to a town of 6,000 - it's a very safe community. Quite a change from Los Angeles.
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    Aug 28, 2014 10:34 PM GMT
    In my immediate 5-6 block radius yes, wonderful people here. And yes i'm on the South Side of Chicago! icon_biggrin.gif However if i stray more than 5-6 blocks...well, whatever's clever bc ...i live on the South Side of Chicago...icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 28, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidWow, I had no idea. St. Croix was one of the only two places I ever went "for vacation." Since I had no idea what to do when I wasn't diving, I went on long walks....


    Yeah, we didn't tell the tourists. The biggest crime was that refinery. I toured restricted areas and couldn't believe what I saw them dumping into the Caribbean.

    We were there when it was very rough. Their history is cannibalism, those tribes are from where the word derives. St Thomas was always a bit rough and St Croix went through varying periods. But that never stopped people from building some pretty beautiful homes there.

    One estate we discovered while exploring a remote beach. We'd found this trail heading away from the water and that lead to a clearing where were these 16th whatever century ruins and inside there we found this wonderful swimming pool. We were just a bunch of kids looking for something to do after school, you know, when you'd had enough of water skiing. You can only drench so many tourists on the dock before that gets old. Never did learn who owned the place. Probably one of the Rockefellers filming us skinny dipping in their pool. So fun.

    But I'm like you in that I'll just go off and wander. I especially love to explore alleyways and abandoned buildings. Like even a visit to Key West where most are checking out the front porches, I'm in the alleys between the houses, checking out all the wonderful courtyards.

    I seem to remember Asheville had some excellent graffiti in some of their alleyways. One of my last times in an alley I ran into a film crew back in there so that was pretty fun. You never know who yer gonna run into when you're not where you're supposed to be.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 28, 2014 10:52 PM GMT
    I may not feel safe in my neighborhood....lol

    Actually I'm the HOA president (Homeowners association) and we have a great development and few problems so it all works most usually.

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    Aug 28, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    i suffer less from fear in my neighborhood and more from severe, unrelenting irritation with the seemingly endless flood of baby mamas/daddies who have plenty of time to sit on the porch and yack about who slept with whose husband and how much of a slut she is (because they all slept with him too and can't imagine why anyone would hit that) but seemingly no time whatsoever to control, discipline or even educate their kids on verbal communication (i.e. its not appropriate for an 8, 10, and 13-year old to be running about literally screaming at the top of their lungs at 11:30p/23:30). There's a drug dealer who lives upstairs across the street and a hooker who does road-head living below him, and we have a "gang" that "operates" in the neighborhood, specializing in stealing alloy wheels off of GM vehicles.
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    Aug 28, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
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    mindgarden saidWow, I had no idea. St. Croix was one of the only two places I ever went "for vacation." Since I had no idea what to do when I wasn't diving, I went on long walks....


    Yeah, we didn't tell the tourists. The biggest crime was that refinery. I toured restricted areas and couldn't believe what I saw them dumping into the Caribbean.



    My vacation there was more than 20 years ago, but as a point of trivia, way back in the 50's & 60's, the bauxite mine on St. Croix, was owned by Harvey Aluminum, which also was the main employer here, where they ran two reduction plants, that were powered by the hydroelectric dams. The process started there, and finished here. When the company went belly-up (via various corporate take-overs) the economy of both places went in the toilet. All I could find of the facility when I was in St. Croix was a rusty chain link fence that I didn't go past. We have geometric hills that are capped mounds of solid waste. I suppose the waste disposal on that end was a bit more relaxed.
  • SENCGuy1

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    Aug 28, 2014 11:33 PM GMT
    My neighborhood has been safe so far. I hope it continues that way.
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    Aug 28, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
    nothing good happens past 11pm.
    walking is less safe than driving.

    i live in a rural area. People who work on the local crops often camp out near by. I would not wander into these areas.

    in the city; there are quite a few areas I would not test my safety. mostly its a combination of location and time of day.
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    Aug 28, 2014 11:38 PM GMT
    It's pretty safe, I usually go out before 8 pm or stay in for the night. No major problem so far.
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    Aug 28, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    I feel very safe in my neighborhood,,,.I have 1 Atlanta police officer , 2 DeKalb officers and a sherriff officer.
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    Aug 28, 2014 11:42 PM GMT
    I feel safe for the most part but my neighborhood is quite run down and looks kinda a bit on the ghetto side.

    The ironic thing is people still compete to live in this LA suburb neighborhood and drive up the home prices like crazy.
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    Aug 29, 2014 12:18 AM GMT
    There have been a few stabbings but overall I feel safe. When I do arrive home later at night I tend to look over my shoulder but id probably do that anywhere.
  • PRDGUY

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    Aug 29, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    Simply yes! my house here in the mountains this was my home in Orlando are both in walled communities with security guards at the gates, and each has its own private security trolling so very safe but also it's difficult when someone shows up there unannounced. not as bad as it sounds as we are allowed to make a list of those people permitted to visit with out the gate calling on me for approval. + the guards get to know certain people over the years and break the rules when they wish to surprise me. Such was the case with my Marine buddy on leave who came to visit and spend the night. of course they do follow up 15 minutes later to verify all is OK.
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    Aug 29, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    I live in southwest Edmonton. I have absolutely zero fear here. I walk to the corner store holding hands with my boyfriend and everything, not a peep out of anyone. It's pretty quiet here, not a lot of traffic besides people who live here. No need for gates or guards or anything like that.
  • bushman

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    Aug 29, 2014 1:58 AM GMT
    I live in the bush, "our neighbours" are wild pigs, kangaroos,emus and feral rabbits want them as neighbours?
    You are welcome ha ha