Some communities such as associations are more prone to criminal activity than others. Some communities and neighborhoods are more prone to certain types of crime than others.
Response times of local police and what they respond to can vary, especially in these economic times, where officers are often asked to do the work of three people.
If one buys into a manager controlled community, this can add another variable in terms of the criminal element. The security of the local community and the home is another factor to check into.
Do you have children? Who is living nearby? Answering this question can serve to help with peace of mind and assist with reducing the worry or stress of not knowing.
It pays to check into these and other things with the help of a buyers agent before investing in a home.
There are some simple techniques that will help you decide which neighborhood is worth living in and where you would feel unsafe. I share some simple tips with my clients around this, upon request, as a buyers agent.