Buying a home is the biggest investment of your lifetime. You must make sure that the surrounding area and neighbors of your future home are safe. The neighborhood is the major factor that can affect the value and enjoyment of your home. To avoid any financial loss in the future it is very important to know whether your potential neighborhood is safe or not.

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The easiest and simple way is to take a tour of around the house you have selected to buy. Try to look at the conditions of windows, yards, and fences while touring the neighborhood. It is also wise to conduct a simple conversation with your potential neighbors. You can ask for their opinion if there are any safety concerns.

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To determine the relative safety of a potential neighborhood, you can check the National Sex Offender Public Website maintained by the U.S. Department of Justice. It will help you to get a database of convicted sex offenders.

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You can also check the number of homes for sale in the area you are going to purchase a home. Sometimes to escape rising crime, the residents are leaving the place. If you find the number is significantly large, it might be an indication of the poor safety of the area. So, try to investigate more to identify the crime rates of your neighborhood area.