Don’t Be Deceived by Neighborhood Crime Statistics

Feb 25, 2013 No Comments by

Relying on neighborhood crime statistics alone can leave people with an unnecessarily skewed impression of their home’s surroundings. Before you let moderate to high crime stats get the better of your nerves, put them in proper perspective.

State crime statistics are more meaningful than local ones, which can be misleading—especially when they lack the proper context. For example, a murder-suicide within one family may make the town where it occurred seem crime-ridden—when in reality, crime on the street between strangers is rare.

Crime statistics can be especially difficult to interpret in place with a mix of socioeconomic levels, residential and commercial uses, and housing types. Neighborhoods can have vastly different instances of crime, especially in larger cities.

Additionally, online searches can be affected by opinion rather than fact. If you are moving and are concerned about the neighborhood you are moving to, contact local police officials in the town or research crime logs from area newspapers. This type of research will help paint a factual picture of what your future neighborhood is like in terms of crime and potential crime. It could also provide you with peace of mind ahead of your move.

Crime rates are an important consideration when choosing your new home. They can affect your home insurance premiums and the level of home security protection that makes you feel comfortable—not to mention your sense of well-being. However, before you think twice about moving to your new neighborhood, don’t let crime statistics tell the whole surface story. Go beyond the stats to make an educated decision.

Families, Home Insurance, Home Security, Moving

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