How safe is your neighbourhood?

  • beaujangle

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    Jun 01, 2009 11:45 AM GMT
    Is your suburb safe enough so that you need not lock the door when you're at home? In 'Desparate Housewives', they just walk in and out of their houses.

    Though I'm in a very safe area now, I'm very security conscious (due to bad past experiences in a not so safe area), so yes, I lock up all the time!
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    Jun 01, 2009 11:50 AM GMT
    Not very, ever since the karaoke bars started rising. Our town has become a sort of getaway place for drinking parties from the nearby university town.

    There has been one case of shooting here from a bar brawl (nonfatal), at least a dozen or so incidents of fights and shouting in the middle of the night from across the street, and the store has been robbed twice.

    Oh and get this, just a week or two ago, someone stole three of our TURKEYS from the coop. Lulz. At least they left the ducks alone.
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:10 PM GMT
    Sedative saidNot very, ever since the karaoke bars started rising. Our town has become a sort of getaway place for drinking parties from the nearby university town.

    There has been one case of shooting here from a bar brawl (nonfatal), at least a dozen or so incidents of fights and shouting in the middle of the night from across the street, and the store has been robbed twice.

    Oh and get this, just a week or two ago, someone stole three of our TURKEYS from the coop. Lulz. At least they left the ducks alone.


    i couldnt resist: what a fowl crime.

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    Jun 01, 2009 12:15 PM GMT
    I love it that in some American cities you can even ask this question. In most of the rest of the world it´s not even thought about. If you don´t lock up, it will be stolen.

  • Timbales

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    Jun 01, 2009 12:19 PM GMT
    Sedative saidNot very, ever since the karaoke bars started rising. Our town has become a sort of getaway place for drinking parties from the nearby university town.

    There has been one case of shooting here from a bar brawl (nonfatal), at least a dozen or so incidents of fights and shouting in the middle of the night from across the street, and the store has been robbed twice.

    Oh and get this, just a week or two ago, someone stole three of our TURKEYS from the coop. Lulz. At least they left the ducks alone.


    Roving gangs, ready to burst into song. It's just like West Side Story.
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:23 PM GMT
    Totally safe. We dont even have noise, much less crime.
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    Jun 01, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
    Not very safe here. The immediate neighborhood is OK, but criminals come from other parts of the greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, and we've been mugged coming home when we stepped out of our car.

    Yet I lived in a small farming town in the Upper Midwest earlier this decade, where doors went unlocked. In fact, my BF left his pickup truck unlocked, with the keys in the ignition all the time, even overnight.

    He insisted no one would steal it, but I said local kids joyriding was a risk, with him liable for any injuries or damage they caused if his truck wasn't secured. His front door was never locked either, usually wide open day or night in the summer, which led to a funny incident when his mother walked right in while we were... ahhh... shall we say not quite ready to receive her? LMAO! Funny story...
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 01, 2009 12:50 PM GMT
    I would say in Kansas, many areas are safe (with the exception of some areas of some of the cities). I don't leave my house unlocked, things can happen, but I certainly don't worry about safety (barring some freak thing
    and you should probably consider those)...
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    Our street doesn't even appear on the crime-map (it's a short dead end private drive with only 5 houses)... so I figure that when the criminals are looking at the map trying to figure out where to strike next they don't even see us.

    And really, should some criminals get lost and wander down our street, would they really want to challenge the two hell-hounds? (The UPS driver won't even open his door and hands me boxes through the window - despite the street obviously being beyond the invisible fence. The cable guy [honest, I didn't know he was there when I released them] ran out of the yard screaming like in a Hollywood script.)

    Only time the door gets locked is when we leave town for the weekend.
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:40 PM GMT
    Other then the drug deals, prostitution, the Texan couple who beats each other in the apartment down the hall, and a stabbing death in the building next to mine, my apartment's fairly safe.

    Needless to say, I deadbolt the door, chain it, and make sure all the windows are shut and locked before going to bed.
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:45 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidNot very safe here. The immediate neighborhood is OK, but criminals come from other parts of the greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, and we've been mugged coming home when we stepped out of our car.

    Yet I lived in a small farming town in the Upper Midwest earlier this decade, where doors went unlocked. In fact, my BF left his pickup truck unlocked, with the keys in the ignition all the time, even overnight.

    He insisted no one would steal it, but I said local kids joyriding was a risk, with him liable for any injuries or damage they caused if his truck wasn't secured. His front door was never locked either, usually wide open day or night in the summer, which led to a funny incident when his mother walked right in while we were... ahhh... shall we say not quite ready to receive her? LMAO! Funny story...


    Sounds like it was a kodak moment! Would love to have seen her face/expression. LOL
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    hombrehombre saidSounds like it was a kodak moment! Would love to have seen her face/expression. LOL

    The story a little long for a thread, I wish RJ had the ability for us to post stories in a personal blog or something, like an archive we could link from our homepage.
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    beaujangle saidIs your suburb safe enough so that you need not lock the door when you're at home? In 'Desparate Housewives', they just walk in and out of their houses.

    Though I'm in a very safe area now, I'm very security conscious (due to bad past experiences in a not so safe area), so yes, I lock up all the time!


    Don't know what burb life is like. Lived in big city all my life. Rev AL was in my neighborhood over the weekend rallying becasue of a cop shooting by another cop. I feel safe in my hood. Even when I pass the corner drug dealers. You learn to live with them and what to avoid.
  • metta

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    Jun 01, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    I could probably do that but I'm pretty careful. I live alone. When I go to bed, I turn on the alarm on the exterior doors.

    It went off when I had some friends stay over one time (they thought that if they opened/closed the door quickly that it would not go off icon_rolleyes.gif ) and the police were here before I had a chance to shut it off.

    And it would be dumb to leave it unlocked if something ever happened. I have too many assets at risk to do that. I work from home so my business stuff is at home.
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    Jun 01, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    Most of my neighbors are well armed with handguns and rifles, so criminals don't last long around here. I keep the door locked anyway so somebody doesn't walk in and leave the door open and let the dog out. Or catch me with my pants off. Not that I'm ashamed of my junk, rather out of respect for their sense of modesty.
  • Delivis

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    Jun 01, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    There are locks on doors?
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    Super safe. I live in a fantastic Toronto neighborhood called "The Annex", where I have an apartment on the main floor of a low-raise apartment building. My apartment has two entrances; one from inside the building and a direct one into my apartment from the side of the building. The last tenant was a girl from a small town and she installed FIVE locks on the back door! I'm more worried about someone backing their car into my apartment than any kind of theft (the visitor parking is right in front of my apartment, and cars have bumped into my wall).

    And of course I'm fully insured. I have a friend whose apartment building in Toronto's gay village had a massive fire a few months ago. He lost everything and had no where to live.

    GET APARTMENT INSURANCE RENTERS!
    Mine is only $23/month. It covers $30,000 to replace my belongings and an additional $3,000 to replace my computers. Totally worth it for piece of mind.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 01, 2009 4:18 PM GMT
    I have a hard time imagining living somewhere where I'd feel the need to lock the door when I'm at home. When I'm out, sure (though I admit I've forgotten to do so a handful of times, and once even left the garage door open), but not when I'm at home.
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:46 PM GMT
    When I lived on Martha's Vineyard, we'd leave the door open (with the screen door closed) so the bugs couldn't get in (many places still do that). I'd always leave my keys in my truck. Never thought twice about it. Shit, I kept a fishing rod/reel with my tackle box in the box of my truck all the time. Never got stolen once.
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    Jun 01, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    jprichva> What part of town are you in? I used to drive a cab in college, so I know every street in that city---at least the ones that existed around the time that Millard Fillmore was president.

    Who wants to know... and why? You think I'm going to trust some old cabbie?
    (And since you're no longer a cabbie, I didn't just call you old.)


    This street didn't exist in your time, it's probably late Bush I or early Clinton era.
    But it is 3 blocks down from the corner of Nixon & Bluett.
    (We were speaking of crooks, right?)

    That makes me a northside boy (now; actually I grew up on the east side).
    Were I a westside boy I might live near the intersection of Gott & Hiscock.
    (Or, 1 block away... Gott & Felch - but now I have taken a turn away from the topic)
  • code_joe

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    Jun 01, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
    I guess where I'm living now is on the safer side. I think I've only locked the doors on the house once or twice and that was at night when home alone. I actually don't even have a key to the house and you can't even lock the front door anymore (Some old ass doorknob). I guess it's because I live way out in the middle of nowhere and have three neighbors within a half a mile or so.

    I also don't lock my vehicle when at home and usually leave the keys in it.

    Once I go downtown though I lock my vehicle even if going in to a gas station. Seeing how I've had it broken into three times in the past year. But two of those times were in Arizona and the third time was when it was at a mechanic shop overnight.
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    Jun 01, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    I thought it was pretty safe until last week when there were two separate stabbings on in Piedmont Park and the off of a street call Juniper. Both stabbings happened after 2:30am on the same day. The fatal stabbing happened while the guy was walking through the park which is closed after 10:30pm.

    Those of you who have been to Atlanta knows that after sundown the part is not very well lighted. I'm happy to say that I have not had any problems.
    I walk all the time around the neighborhood.
    I live across the street from the park.

    If I were ever faced with a mugging me against a gun or knife I’m just going to give it up. If it's just you and me then you have a battle on your hands.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jun 01, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    I live in Houston, so I have to say that there are no safe neighbourhoods here, although some are worse than others. I always thought my neighbourhood to be relatively safe, until Wednesday when my neighbour across the hall had her door kicked in and robbed of about $3000 in stuff.
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    Jun 01, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    My neighborhood is very unsafe. There was a murder last month in my apt building, and I hear gun shots every couple weeks. 2 months ago my car window was bashed in and they stole my head unit. I'm moving out in 2 weeks luckily.
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    Jun 01, 2009 7:43 PM GMT

    Not at all safe.The key to survival is to remain illusive (if they don't know you, they won't know your weaknesses). Friends are a negative too because they case your stuff. By all means if you hear a blood curdling scream or a gunshot, do not look out of the window. It's not your problem and a material witness is not something I wanna be anyway. Lastly but not leastly, don't relax just because you see a cop car. Not everywhere, but the ones in this neighborhood atleast, are in cahoots with the criminals.