Every area has two parts, the good and the bad. Sometimes we don’t have much of a choice as to where we live and other times, maybe we just didn’t pick up on the signs of it being a “bad neighborhood“.
If you are unlucky enough to find yourself living in a bad area, follow our tips below to help keep yourself safe.
Signs of a Bad Neighborhood
When it comes to scouting out a neighborhood, some signs are more obvious than others that it may be a “bad” area. Some common signs to look for include:
- Lots of Garbage – you will get at least some form of garbage everywhere but if it litters every corner, it may be an obvious sign of a bad neighborhood.
- Graffiti – while graffiti itself may be art, it is usually done so illegally.
- Abandoned Buildings – well maintained houses are reflections of a good neighborhood. A few abandoned properties doesn’t mean too much but if their are plenty, this should be a red flag.
- Window/Door bars – if more houses have window and door bars installed than those that do not, it can be a sign that you are in a bad neighborhood.
- High Unemployment and Homeless Figures – in a neighborhood with high unemployment rate, you can see people loitering around during daytime of weekdays. These people need to make money somehow and often resort to crime.
- Police Activity – it is good to see a regular police presence in any area but if there are always sirens or police patrol during day but rarely seen at night, you should be extra careful because this could be a red flag.
- Gangs – an obvious sign of a bad neighborhood is gangs. If there are gangs in your community, you will worry about your safety from time to time.
- Illegal Activities – Drug deals, prostitution, and loud domestic fights that happen out in the open are indicative of a dangerous neighborhood.
Staying Safe in a Bad Neighborhood
It will never be easy to live in a bad neighborhood but there are steps that you can take to make your life there that much safer.
1. Get to Know Your Neighbors
How times change! Growing up, we lived on a street in which everyone knew each other by name. I now live on a street in which hardly anybody speaks to each other. By knowing who your neighbors are, you will get a better understanding of who to avoid. Our neighbor purchased her house back last year and before she’d even unpacked she was knocking on our door introducting herself.
2. Always Be Alert
It is always a good idea to remain alert at all times, even more so when living in a bad neighborhood. Try not to walk your neighborhood alone after dark, and avoid distractions like your phone. When walking around, always do so with confidence and get into the habit of making eye contact with the people you pass. Above all, be ready to react if anything goes sour.
3. Protect Yourself
Here in the UK we are very restricted as to what we can legally carry for protection but we do still have choices. Even when carrying a “legal” item, you will be making “illegal” choices if you openly admit that you carry it for protection and can be arrested for doing so. If you carry something for protection, not everyone needs to know about it. If your budget allows it, a well-trained dog may be your best option. Along with personal protection, consider the security of your home too.
4. A Little Common Sense Goes a Long Way
As with many things, your safety and security can be improved by simply using a little bit of common sense. If you are not going to be at home for an extended period of time, make adjustments so that your house looks occupied.
There are many steps that you can take to protect your home and these are just a few of our guides here at UK Survival Guides:
- The Patio Door Security Bar for Home Security
- The Door Stop Alarm for Home Security
- Home Security Lighting Tips
- Home Security 101: The Front Door
- How to Protect your Home