A single break-in does not denote a "crime wave" in the neighborhood but is should get your attention. We agree that a security system would be a good idea. Fencing, having a dog, outdoor lighting, and surveilance cameras can also be useful deterrents.
Congratulations on finding a great home! You are correct to be concerned, and to use your due diligence period to do any and all research on the home on which you have placed an offer. Asking neighbors is a great technique; also visiting websites and checking out police precinct information can be helpful. Calling alarm companies might be useful, as you can get quotes for service and statistics on activity in your area at the same time. Good luck with your contract!
Thanks for the response. This neighborhood is almost sold out and there are couple of lots left. Having the house at the far end of the neighborhood make it vulnerable for breakins?
The other option I have is two lots interior on the same road but it is next to a detention pond.
how many standing homes and how many empty lots?
it the majority fo the nbrhood is not finished, i don't think this would be a good investment.
if the builder goes bankrupt, the bank will end up trying to sell the empty lots and you won't be sure who or wnen these will sell....smaller homes or no homes may end up in the nbrhood, which would bring your value down.