Criminals prefer to act anonymously, and will look for properties where they won’t be seen or identified. Good property owners know this, and will make their properties visible to neighbors and police. Taken along, few of the following crime prevention techniques will have a significant impact. Taken together, they will deter some criminals from wanting to move onto the property.
A clean, well-kept neighborhood is a positive indicator, but appearances can be deceiving. Talk to neighbors to get a sense of what kind of area it really is. Be able to recognize warning signs like graffiti, features of a neighborhood that suggest the presence of criminal activity like unusual traffic or suspicious persons.
Responsible property owners will take the applicant screening process very seriously. Don’t be put off by application fees or deposits,and don’t be insulted by detailed questions on the application. If the property owner is scrutinizing your application, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that other renters are being screened equally as well, and that the risk of illegal activity occurring in the area is reduced.
Effective property owners and managers:
Now that you’ve scrutinized your future unit, neighborhood, and landlord, you may wish to take a look at yourself.
As a tenant, you are required:
For more information about crime prevention, contact our District Offices staff:
Sergeant Julian Cosgriff
South District Office
677 W. Tennyson Road
Hayward, CA 94544