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    Which attracts more crime: House on secluded lane or house on busy street?

    All else being equal, which is more likely to be broken into by criminals: a house on a secluded lane or a house on a street with more foot and car traffic? Do criminals prefer to break into houses on streets that they walk by on a regular basis, but which also have more police patrols, pedestrians, and cars passing by? Or do they prefer to break into houses on more isolated lanes, which they may not be so familiar with, but which have fewer police and potential witnesses passing by?

    I'm thinking of moving into a house--for the first time in my adult life (I've always preferred to live in big apartment complexes, since they seem safer for a young, small single woman who refuses to own cars or firearms, for the same reason that sheep are safer in herds ). I'm choosing between a house on a secluded lane and another one a few blocks away, on a busier street. The neighborhood is a suburban area of a medium-sized city, with average crime levels--lots of burglaries, some robberies and rapes, and occasional murders, but no obvious drug dealers, prostitutes, or gang wars on the streets. I'd appreciate input from LEOs and non-LEOs alike. I usually ask abstract questions out of curiosity, but this one could actually affect my life.
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    I tend to go for the secluded lane type of place, as I hate people. So long as you don't do anything overt (like leaving empty computer boxes at the curb) then you're not likely to attract enough attention for someone to go out of their way to get your stuff. Not to mention additional traffic is MUCH more obvious.
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    Which attracts more crime: House on secluded lane or house on busy street?


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    Actually I want a compound in Montana where my closest neighbor is 2 miles away. People always say that they will be reading about me in the papers in a couple of years. Can't figure that one out.
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    Get a dog. Or, get a Beware of Dog sign. That in itself might scare off burglars.

    Also, motion lights work well.
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    The house where Jenna lives. HAHAHA!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terminator View Post
    The house where Jenna lives. HAHAHA!!!!
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    My uneducated guess: I think a criminal would blend in better in a busy area.

    I live in a cul-de-sac at the end of a dead-end street. I know my neighbors and they know me. I would immediately recognize someone who doesn't belong here. If I lived on a busy street with lots of people going by, I wouldn't know who belonged and who didn't.
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    I don't have a professional opinion, but I've lived in both. The country or secluded areas are my favorite, and where I've mostly lived. Our house never got broken into when I lived out in a secluded area. I don't do this now, but where my ex and I used to live, I think we lived there 10 years and never locked the door unless we left for work.

    He used to make me so madddd, he would never lock the door. I can't tell you how many times I woke up at night, or the next morning to find our door unlocked. But at the same time we were so far out that you could hear a car coming a mile a way. Everyone in the community knew everyone and a vehicle that didn't belong was very noticeable.

    Where I live now is closer into town, neighbors and yes, I've had things stolen out of the yard. On several occasions, dang you bout have to lock everything down you're not using. But traffic is always different and no one pays attention to it. Even had my son's four wheeler stolen out of my fenced in back yard. Normally it was chained, but he started getting lazy with it. And it was gone.

    Probably there is no difference, just the theif's experience with what he can get away with, quickly. I don't think people pay attention to the surroundings as much when it is expected to see various unknown people or vehicles around.


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    id think a busy street would get more attention from crooks, and help them blend in, but a secluded house would give them more privacy to do their thing without constant worry of being spotted... JMO...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackalope View Post
    My uneducated guess: I think a criminal would blend in better in a busy area.

    I live in a cul-de-sac at the end of a dead-end street. I know my neighbors and they know me. I would immediately recognize someone who doesn't belong here. If I lived on a busy street with lots of people going by, I wouldn't know who belonged and who didn't.
    i tend to go with this

    its also been my experience that MOST of the time serious crime is not random (stranger on stranger). and in fact, most burglars/rapists/etc know their victim in some sort of capacity, and therefor tend to know what they are looking for and what they are going to do ahead of time. obviously this is not always the case, as i said, its just been my experience that there is generally some connection however slight. so just watch the company you keep, and get friendly with your neighbors so they keep an eye out for your house. and hopefully youll never fall into the random victim category.
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    Jenna, I have lived in a lot of different places. My experience has been, the more people around, the more crime. The busiest places were the worst, because someone could do a drug deal right in front of my house and be gone by foot or bike by the time I had a call in to 911. I live in a not-very-busy place now, and I know the "regulars" who walk their dogs by my house, and the usual exercise-walkers.

    I'd say, take the quieter neighborhood and get to know your neighbors. Keep your eyes open and you will begin to recognize who belongs and who is unfamiliar.

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    YOUR house jenna...to find those pictures you mentioned before...LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by trooper_hopeful_51 View Post
    YOUR house jenna...to find those pictures you mentioned before...LMAO
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    Which attracts more crime: House on secluded lane or house on busy street?

    House on secluded lane.

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    Thanks for all your advice (even the sarcastic ones that make me glad none of you know where I live ). And Chaplain Keppy, I'm honored that your first post here is in response to me!

    To clarify, the two houses I'm choosing between are in the same neighborhood, just a few blocks away from each other. Some have mentioned the relative safety of rural areas where neighbors all know each other, but that's not an option for me; both houses I'm considering are both located just about 2 miles away from the city center, in a neighborhood of mostly transient renters who aren't likely to notice anything that happens at their neighbors' homes. The only difference is that one house is on a narrow lane that doesn't connect to any busy streets, and the other is on a busy street that connects to other busy streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    The only difference is that one house is on a narrow lane that doesn't connect to any busy streets, and the other is on a busy street that connects to other busy streets.
    Considering you don't drive then it would probably be better for you to live on the busier street. Hopefully you won't have to walk to far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1sgkelly View Post
    Which attracts more crime: House on secluded lane or house on busy street?


    The one without the big dogs; inside.

    A city PD in my county handled a burglary to a nice, expensive residence. The house was a block away from a crappy housing development. The homeowner bought a German Shepard and actually sent it overseas to be perimeter trained. The homeowner was gone one night with the dog inside the house. The dog was shot in the face with a .22 though the mail slot in the front door. I agree with 10-42adam: if they want in, they're in.

 

 
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