Tonya Fuller, Renter in Denver, CO

Is it safe for a single female to live in the neighborhood of Virginia Village? Would it be safe to run in the neighborhood in the mornings?

Asked by Tonya Fuller, Denver, CO Sat Nov 17, 2012

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DeLUX Team Realty’s answer
Hi Tonya

No matter what neighborhood you decide to live in you should always use common sense precautions when running or walking "bad guys" are just as mobile as you and they can be found in any neighborhood.

I'll list a few things to consider when you are on foot:
1. Be aware of your surroundings at all times
2. Walk/run with somebody (there is safety in numbers)
3. Carry a cell phone (note I did not say be on the cell phone that is a distraction)
4. If somebody stops a car do NOT approach it, walk the opposite direction (do you remember officer friendly and stranger danger?)
5. Wear appropriate clothing that can be easily seen at night
6. Carry a flashlight in the dark
7. You may want to consider carrying a form of mace but remember it doesn’t do you any good if you can’t get to it when you need it
8. Don’t take the same route all the time change it up once in awhile

You can always contact the Denver police department for detailed crime statistics in any Denver neighborhood, that might help you make a prudent decision.

Call any member of Metro Brokers/DeLux Team Realty, Inc. at 303 327-5898 we’d be glad to help you find a home.

Jim Lux, CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), e-PRO ® (Internet Professional)

See what our clients are saying about us at http://www.realestatemetrodenver.com/quotes.asp
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
Dear Tonya,
I agreed with Robert's answer 100 %. It is for you to determine if any neighborhood fits your needs and concerns. However, I can tell you that my mother has lived in the Virginia Village neighborhood for over 50 years. She has not desire to live any where else. There is a small community park down the block where she has taken walks. There is a strong community news letter that helps make this neighborhood"s residents communicate about any needs and concerns. As you search for a home you will also be searching for a community.
It is a great idea to look at the statistics as Robert suggests, and also take a walk in the community with a friend and talk to those that live there.

As one who has knowledge of this specific neighborhood please contact me if you have any further questions. Happy Thanksgiving week.
Karen Goodson
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek
720-999-2425
web site: karengoodson.CO
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 17, 2012
Tonya,

I agree with Robert. We are not allowed to comment on the safety of a neighborhood but I think its proximity to transportation, entertainment and shopping make it a one of many great choices in the metro area. I really think you should determine what you need in a neighborhood such as proximity to work and things you like to do in your free time. I specialize in this area and can show you some great options to fit your needs if you are interested.

Shana Stokes
Broker Associate
Your Castle Real Estate
720-839-1370
sstokes@yourcastle.org
http://www.yourcastle.org
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 17, 2012
I always suggest checking with local authorities to get crime and safety info!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 11, 2013
Tonya,

Great question, but I'd like to answer it in a broader context. As most of my peers have indicated, Realtors can't really suggest or comment as to whether one neighborhood is safer than the other for a variety of reasons.

Your personal safety is determined by several factors, not just your neighborhood. Law enforcement officials will tell you that most assaults are crimes of opportunity. In this case, those 'opportunities' can be made up of several contributing factors, including: lighting conditions, remote or unpopulated areas, not being aware of your surroundings, wearing headphones, talking on the phone or texting - are all distractions that make potential assault targets appear to be easy prey.

The fact is, these kinds of crimes, however rare they may be, can happen in any neighborhood. Your best bet is to consider the 'deter and defend' approach. That means doing everything you can to avoid being an easy target, and learning to defend yourself if ever you do find yourself being targeted in spite of your best efforts at deterrence.

In keeping with this theme, you may want to consider participating in one of several local instructional programs for personal defense that cover the concepts of deterrence and defense. Some of these programs are designed specifically for women. Below are a few links for some those of those programs. As a matter of disclosure, I am not affiliated with any of these programs and have no personal opinion as to their effectiveness. But it is likely that any one of them would be better than doing nothing, and can probably provide all kinds of data as to just how effective they are.

http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/departments/UniversityPolice/P…

http://www.impactselfdefense.org/

http://www.raap.org/womenrsquos-self-protection-and-empowerm…

http://denvercoloradokravmaga.com/

I hope you find this information useful!

Larry Brake
Broker Associate
HomeSmart Realty Group
303-877-5242
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 10, 2013
Tonya,

I do agree every area has issues, but the only person that ansewer that are each individual city police department. Growing up in Colorado as a single woman and mother, I was programed to always watch my surroundings. Driving around look at the areas and check local police. Would be honored to show you some homes , you will know the right one in your heart when you walk in.

Sonja
303-949-9433
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 8, 2013
Tonya, I live in the neighborhood and it is quite safe. You do need to need to be aware of your surroundings, as anywhere in a city, but my experience and the experience of my neighbors have been great, safe and quiet. If you will be looking for a home in Virginia Vale, I would love to help you out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
No Matter where you are watch out. Remember that things happen in all neighborhoods. Please check with local law enforcement for crime stats.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Nov 18, 2012
Robert's answer is right on...he is one sharp dude!!!

Mark Scanlan/Broker Associate
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd.
303-435-4264
jmarkscanlan@aol.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 17, 2012
Hi Tonya- Call me, I have a client tha meets your criteria that is in law enforcement that I found a house for there last year and she loves it. Would be glad to chat. 303-589-6692. Debbie Taylor, CRS, Realtor, Resource Realty Group, LLC http://www.DebbieTaylorRealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 17, 2012
Tonya,

We as Realtors are not allowed to comment on the safety of a neighborhood. But here is a site that will help you with any neighborhood. Denver has recently been rated as one of the safest cities in the US - http://bit.ly/zSBnoR . Are you looking to purchase in that neighborhood. Let me know if I can help you further. We are here to assist you with your real estate needs.


Robert McGuire ASR
Realtor/Consultant
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
http://about.me/robertmcguire33
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