Based on look alone, certain living conditions may seem very safe, even when they are in fact some of the most dangerous environments. For instance, living near the police doesn’t always guarantee criminals will stay away, and having tons of neighbors doesn’t always ensure there will be an eye witness in case of a break-in.
Let’s take a look at some common misconceptions about safe and less-than-safe living conditions.
Living near a police station
Living near a police station seems like the safest place to be. Criminals wouldn’t want to conduct their activity anywhere in the vicinity, since there would always be a cop nearby, and should anything happen and you called 911, there could be a unit on your property within a minute. While that’s all true, you shouldn’t only worry about criminals that willingly visit the neighborhood, you should be more concerned about the criminals police bring into the station. Don’t forget that police aren’t the only ones who hang out at the station, but the criminals they bring in to a jail cell before they’re released on bail, or moved into prison, do too.
Having a gated garage
If your apartment building offers its residents a gated garage, they’ve given you a thoughtful amenity. But one major mistake people with gated garages make is believing that their vehicle is totally safe because of the gate. This leads many people to be a little more lax about locking their vehicles, or taking valuables out of their cars. But all a thief has to do to get into the garage is wait for a resident to go in or out, and then they can walk in. Residents rarely question strangers in their garages and assume they’re just another resident. From there, the burglar can easily find any unlocked vehicles.
Living in a busy condominium complex
Some condominium complexes are so enormous that they feel more like resorts than homes. They may have several building entrances, as well as various property entrances. They could have multiple pools, gyms and conference rooms. Thousands of individuals often live in these buildings. And while luxury condominium complexes often invest a lot in their security, it is very difficult for a dozen guards to keep an eye on 1000 units, and the surrounding grounds, at all times. In fact, apartment and condominium buildings are 85 percent more likely to be burglarized than single-family homes. Since residents of these massive buildings rarely know all of their neighbors, they aren’t suspicious of a stranger walking around. In fact, they’re prone to opening the gates for a stranger, claiming they know someone inside.
Living on major streets/in entertainment districts
People assume that living in a trendy, entertainment neighborhood is safe for the same reason they think giant condo complexes are secure: it feels like there’s safety in numbers. The trouble with living in busy metropolitan areas filled with restaurants and movie theaters is that people in and outside of your building are used to seeing a lot of foot traffic. People in neighboring apartments or businesses won’t notice suspicious characters entering your building if the area is usually swarming with tourists. If you live in a quieter area, your neighbors may have your back a bit more, noticing who goes in and out of your building.
Living in a marina
Marinas are often the sites of luxury high rises and gorgeous homes. People rarely associate marinas with crime, but marinas contain more than beautiful boats: they also provide easy places for criminals to hide. In fact, in some areas where homeless rates are high, homeless individuals move into abandoned boats. Those living in the marina should have strong security systems, in addition to relying on their complex’s guards.
Living in a top unit
If you live on the top of your building, burglars certainly need to put in more effort to get there, but once they are there, it’s far less likely that anyone will spot them. You cannot rely on people walking by to notice burglars ransacking your place the way individuals on the first three stories of a building can. Make sure to fortify your top unit with a reputable security system.
When you look at a neighborhood or building, you may only think about its proximity to a good school or its cleanliness, but criminals see things that you don’t. It’s important to know these misconceptions about safe living conditions and spot where any weaknesses in security before it’s too late.