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4 Checklist Items to Remember When Finding a Safe Neighborhood for Your Family

Finding the right neighborhood to live in can be a daunting task. This is especially true when you consider safety your number one priority. Your family deserves the best, and you have to do everything within your power to ensure their happiness and well-being. There are several factors you need to look at before moving to a safe neighborhood consisting of single-family homes. They will aid you in your quest of finding that place you and your loved ones can call home.

Low Crime

The top factor in determining whether an area is safe to live in is the crime rate. Generally, crime statistics are reported per 100,000 inhabitants and are categorized according to the type and number of incidents. Of course, it doesn’t matter the type of crimes committed in a location; you want them to be as close to zero as possible. Fortunately, there are several applications and websites online that can provide you with the information you need regarding the crimes in a specific neighborhood.

Well-lit Streets

Before moving with your family to a new location, you have to be sure the street lighting is adequate. Dark streets and alleys are more likely to attract criminals. Moreover, the darker it is, the more car crashes are likely to occur. On the other hand, illuminated streets make people feel safer at night, and lowers the chances of traffic accidents by allowing drivers to see the road more clearly. Well-lit areas can be recognized by numerous bright light poles close to each other.

Nearby Hospitals

Accidents at home are quite common, especially among small children who are curious by nature. Also, since their immune system is not fully developed, they tend to get sick often. You never know when an emergency will present itself and driving 30 miles to get treatment may be counterproductive. Having a hospital in the vicinity will help you address any medical problem that rises unexpectedly.

Easy-to-access Crosswalks

Being able to walk around the neighborhood safely is a must for every family. You want everybody to enjoy everything the area has to offer without hassles. Easy-to-access crosswalks allow people to move around and get to where they want to go more easily. They force drivers to pay more attention to the road and be aware of pedestrians increasing their safety.

As you can see, ensuring the safety of your loved ones in a new neighborhood is a matter of knowing a few but essential elements. Study each item carefully and make sure the place you desire has everything that you are looking for. As long as you pay attention to the crime rate, street lighting, proximity of hospitals, and availability of crosswalks in the desired area, you will be well on your way to find a haven for your family.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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