Safety typically falls at or near the top of mind for most people, especially when searching for a new home. After all, a great house becomes less than “great” if you can’t feel safe there. So, before you settle on a specific Basking Ridge property, perform a neighborhood safety check.
How to Check on Neighborhood Safety
Online Due Diligence
One of the best resources to check out crime stats in your potential new neighborhood is right at your fingertips: the internet. But, you need to be cautious about what information you can trust. Sites like Area Vibes and Community Crime Map provide helpful information on what types of crimes have been reported as well as how they compare to the rest of the state and country. On Community Crime Map, you simply enter your exact address and it gives you a list of the types of crimes reported in your specific neighborhood as well as the time of day and location. Don’t be surprised, though, if your neighborhood shows no crime. After all, Basking Ridge holds the honor of being the Safest City in New Jersey.
Do a Drive-By
Next, we suggest driving through the neighborhood you’re interested in several times before you sign on the dotted line. Do it before you head off to work on a Tuesday morning and on your way home on a Thursday. Take a drive to your potential new community on a Saturday night. Check it out at various times of the day and on different days of the week to form a complete picture of what the neighborhood really looks and feels like in its everyday life. If you’re greeted with bars on the windows, broken glass on the ground, and large groups of rowdy people, it might not be the neighborhood for you. Also, pay attention to how well (or not) people keep up their home’s appearance. That speaks volumes.
Chat Up Your New Neighbors
If you see someone out while you do a drive-by, talk to them. Ask them what they think of the neighborhood. Visit community threads on Next Door or Reddit to really find out what people think of where they live.
Listen to Your Gut
Finally, how does the area make you feel when you’re there. Do you feel safe? Do you see any red flags you should be concerned about? Or does the area give you a calm, peaceful feeling? You don’t want to invest thousands of dollars into a place where you just don’t feel comfortable laying your head at night.
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