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How to Stay Safe While Living in a Dangerous Neighborhood


Taking up residence in a dangerous neighborhood can be a challenging ordeal. If you live in Fairhill, Hunting Park or one of the other Philadelphia neighborhoods with high crime rates, you’re likely concerned for your personal safety as well as the safety of your property. Here are some of the best ways to protect yourself if you reside in a dangerous area.

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Members of neighborhood watch groups look out for one another and are supposed to report any suspicious activities to the authorities. You can either join an existing group or start one of your own with neighbors and friends who live in the area. To find out if there is a group already in your neighborhood, try contacting your police department or searching online.

Carry Self-Defense Gear

There are certain non lethal weapons on the market that work great for self-defense. Mace or pepper spray can be used to blind attackers temporarily so that you can get away safely. Using a taser gun to stun any dangerous individuals may also work well for you. Certain types of keychains have been designed to work as weapons. Other self-defense gear options include personal alarms, retractable steel batons and tactical pens.

Avoid Distractions While Out

When you’re strolling through your neighborhood, try to stay alert at all times. Talking on your cell phone, texting or listening to music while walking could make you an easier target for criminals. If you hear someone approaching from behind you, turn around to make brief eye contact just in case the person is trying to catch you off-guard.

Get an Advanced Home Security System

You’ll naturally want to have a security system for your home, but it’s especially important to get a highly advanced model if you live in a high-crime area. Infrared cameras, sensitive motion detections and door lock controls are all useful features that can keep your premises safe. Some systems even allow you to program features while you’re away using your smartphone. If you have a home warranty, your plan may cover any necessary maintenance or repairs for your equipment.

Get a Dog

Along with a home security system, you can get a dog to help keep your premises safe. Some of the best guard dog breeds include Boxers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers. Posting a “Beware of Dog” sign outside your home may also be enough to deter home invaders. For additional safety, you can take your dog with you when you go out on walks so that any would-be attackers will be less inclined to mess with you.

Safeguard Doors and Windows

There are products on the market that can provide an additional safety barrier for your doors and windows. If your home doesn’t already have bars on the windows, there are security bars with adjustable widths and are made of 12-gauge steel and other solid materials. There are also barriers that go in front of doors and can make it nearly impossible for people to break into your home.

Become Acquainted with Your Neighbors

Neighbors don’t always necessarily get along, but you should put forth the additional effort to get on good terms with your neighbor if you live in a dangerous area. Your neighbor will likely be willing to keep an eye on your property and notify the police quickly if any problems occur. You can also return the favor by agreeing to look after your neighbor’s home so that both of you can do your part to make your neighborhood a little safer.

Whether you live in one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods or another location with a notorious reputation, it’s important to do everything that’s required to stay safe. By taking the right precautions and using your head, you may decrease your chances of becoming a victim of a crime.


Dawn Castell is a budding entrepreneur. After graduating with her MBA, she spent a few years working in the CPG industry and a few more working in the business tech industry before she set off to start her own business. She has been consulting with businesses, large and small, on the side ever since.

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