Post # 46
I’m not sure if the property is in a city but I think even in good parts of the city things like this can happen I live in a city neighborhood that has multi-million dollar homes in it (as well as the more modest condo I live in) and we have had catalytic converters stolen and most of the homes that are being rehabed or new construction have cameras installed during any remodels.
I’m not sure if your security system includes cameras but I’d probably go for that before I’d have them get a dog for all the reasons you’ve mentioned. I also think the appearance of vacancy can make a huge difference so things like keeping porch lights on at night, keeping the property well maintained, etc. can make a big difference.
Also I don’t know if any of the online community sites are active in your area. We have nextdoor here where people get the word out about crime so it’s a good way to get a feel for the neighborhood and also have a very active neighborhood association which helps. You could also take a peek at crime data to get a sense of whether this is a regular thing or a one off (though assumes you and others report it).
Post # 47
KKJohnson : Sounds like you have it covered then! Quite the elaborate alarm system. I just know most people only install the one inside the home that you have to enter a code to disarm and people forget about the motion sensor ones for outside as well.
Per your update, I echo what a lot of PPs have said and agree I’m sure crime was high due to the home being vacant, even during construction. Hopefully it will calm down as they get more established and the neighbors will look out for one another as well.
Post # 48
You must have deleted whatever missile you fired my way. It wouldn’t have mattered, Bee. I am long past the days of taking Board Swarm noise seriously.
But, on the topic of gentrification, a topic I just love; when we first arrived where we live now, we rented in an older section of town that was not the best. But, it was right on the fringe of the movement and you could foresee it.
Our downtown area is really being revitalized—it’s beautiful.
In the old neighborhood there are quite a few very well maintained home owned by seniors, a lot of Craftsmans. Now that the economy is so strong, foreclosure is quite rare in many areas since people who experience financial setbacks can easily sell; many seniors are finding themselves with a sudden increase in their wealth due to the equity bumps.
Post # 49
KKJohnson : my fiancé and I are currently looking for a home together, and one home on a golf course, in a private community, appears to be hosting backyard parties while vacant. The second time I visited, someone had added an old bbq to the back yard, and trash was left behind. Even the lock box was jammed from being tampered with. I’m starting to believe people follow vacant homes on rental apps to look for places to hang out. I’ve seen beer cans on a few vacant rental properties I’ve visited. I believe once your house is occupied, the theft should stop–it won’t be an easy target any longer. What you’re doing for your mom and sister is wonderful.
Post # 50
sassy411 : I did and even though you had not read it, I do apologize as I took it completely wrong. I do agree, while some do feel the impact of revival there are just as many who benefit from it.
Post # 51
Black wife, mom and homeowner from NYC here. You can flame me all you want but acting like gentrification is always a terrible thing is remarkably short sighted. For one it’s poverty that breeds crime not race so to assume that all “gentrifiers” moving in will be White is stupid. I grew up in one of the worse neighborhoods in Brooklyn that eventually was gentrified and whaddiya know, all of the hardworking Black and Brown families living there are…STILL THERE benefitting from increased property values, new arts and entertainment, better restaurants etc. And here’s another shocker it attracted minority families who always loved the neighborhood they were born in/ grew up in but had taken their higher incomes (and thus their dollars) elsewhere because they were afraid to raise their own children in those neighborhoods. However those that were involved in criminal activity moved elsewhere because now these neighborhoods had increased visibility. Gentrifications of neighborhoods actually had positive ramifications for a lot of minority homeowners! Any change brings in positive and negative outcomes but to only point out the negative is not fair.
Post # 52
beewith3 : I love this story as that is exactly how I view it, Thank you for sharing!
Post # 53
It’s disingenuous because it’s always looked at from the viewpoint of the people that were on public housing assistance or similar programs but what about all the minorities that lived in owned property in and had businesses in these neighborhoods?? People with homes they couldn’t sell, people that had tried to improve the neighborhoods with small businesses but fell victim to criminal gang activity, people who lost their life savings and had to live in fear, did they (and do they) NOT deserve a return on the investments that they made?? Or should they just keep getting robbed and having their homes graffitied and tagged up without even a glimpse of a change? That’s so messed up
Post # 54
Mrs_Beer : I would like to inquire as to why you’ve chosen to target the OP for defending herself rather than the bully who provoked her? You’ve shown dubious judgment before, but this is truly bewildering.
Post # 55
sassy411 : Very well explained, I totally agree.
KKJohnson : You have a big heart to reach out to help family members like that, I hope once the house is clearly looking lived in, their house will be left alone by the criminals who see an unattended home as fair game. A high fence and extra security are also great measures.
Post # 56
beewith3 : I’m very glad you brought this up. It was something I was thinking about as well. Gentrification is not the evil it’s made out to be. There are always people in the neighborhood who welcome the change and are happy to sell their homes for more $. Poverty is not a crime, neither is wanting a safe place for your family to live.
Post # 57
crustyoldbee : complaining about mods are a violation of our terms of service. Feel free to PM or another mod should you wish to complain. As always I look forward to hearing how you could improve.
Post # 59
This thread is being derailed quite obviously. Closing now.
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