You were looking forward to settling down in a family-friendly neighborhood when you secured a deal on a roomy apartment months ago. Sadly, the seemingly all-good community turned out to be nothing like you imagined it would. If you’re currently living in a corrupt neighborhood and cannot afford to move to a new neighborhood, we have some tips that will help you deal with your situation.
1. Having the Right Attitude
Just because you’re in a temporary negative situation at the moment, it doesn’t mean that you should completely give up on how to make your situation better. Some might say that you could have done better research on the neighborhood before committing to a lease but dwelling on things now won’t make things better. For the time being, keep working hard so that you can save enough money to move out early by breaking your lease. It is important to remind yourself that the battle is only temporary.
2. Protect Your Home
Especially being in a neighborhood that might not seem very safe, it is even more important to protect your valuables. After moving all your belongings (including that big flat screen tv), the last thing you want is for thieves to steal your stuff while you’re away from your apartment. Upgrading your home alarm system or adding “beware of dog” signs can help protect your home and discourage burglars.
3. Learn about the Surrounding Area
Even in high crime areas, there are sections of that area that are safer than others. For example, if you know that the park around the corner has a bad reputation for criminal action, you may want to avoid this area and exercise at another park. In addition, instead of visiting one of the more dangerous clubs in the city for a drink, take a drive to the other side of town to ensure a safe night out.
4. Mind Your Business
To avoid getting caught up in controversy of neighborhood drama, try to keep your friend circle to a minimum and find those you can trust. By doing so, you will be less concerned about people deceiving you. While we are not saying that you should be mean to all your neighbors, trying to be friends with everyone could backfire.
5. Be Friendly with the Police
If you live in an area with a higher crime rate, your neighborhood probably has an assigned police force that patrol that area on a regular basis. So the next time you see one of them around your area, walk up and introduce yourself. When you have a positive relationship with the police department, they will give more attention to your home than usual.