When moving to a new place, safety should always be one of the top priorities to consider. Some families are even willing to compromise and spend more than their budget just to ensure that their families will be safe.
Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in the state of Texas and boasts of many neighborhoods that can be the place for your next home. From historic, quaint to modern, this city has a lot to offer. Of course, the city also strives to ensure that its residents are safe. If you are planning to move to this city and would like to make sure that your family is safe in the neighborhood, here are some tips you can do.
- Do your research online – the good thing about the internet is that there so many online tools that can aid you in researching the safety of the place. You can look for statistics online that will show you the crime rate of the neighborhood. There are websites that can help you determine the safety of a neighborhood based on specific criteria that you have. You can also use software such as FamilyWatchDog, which lets you know if there are registered sex offenders in the area or SpotCrime which can deliver crime alerts to your email so that you will know about the untoward things happening in the neighborhood.
- Talk to the neighbors – try and make friends with your possible future neighbors. You may ask them questions about the surrounding area. You can also get a feel of what kind of people live in the area and if they are trustworthy or not. There are some neighborhoods that even establish volunteer associations to patrol the area to keep the place safe. And remember to ask about what the condition of the neighborhood is like after severe weather like storms. People are not the only thing that determines safety. Ask if flooding in the area happens or if other disasters have affected the neighborhood in the past.
- Visit the neighborhood at various times of the day, especially at night – most homebuyers only visit the neighborhood during the day. It is just as important to see what the place feels like at night. Especially if are commuting and arrive late at night, try to feel like what it would be like to walk to your house. See if the area is dark or there is enough lighting on the streets. Be alert for suspicious individuals hanging around. Check also the noise at night, if there are neighbors who like throwing parties which could disrupt the silence.
There are many neighborhoods in this city that are considered very safe for families. You only to do your research so you can best determine which neighborhood will fit your family’s needs and lifestyle. If you are determined to make a move, here is a guide about Fort Worth TX to give you more information about the different neighborhoods in the area.