Do you feel safe in your own neighborhood?

@surfette (674)
United States
April 21, 2008 3:31pm CST
My mom has lived in her neighborhood for 45 years. She feels perfectly safe taking her walk every day by herself. I, on the other hand, have not lived in my present neighborhood for very long and only know a couple of people. I wouldn't walk by myself. What about you? Do you feel safe enough in your own neighborhood to walk, run or jog by yourself?
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
23 Apr 08
I feel pretty safe in my neighborhood, but perhaps I'm a guy and I don't really have limitations to my safety compared to a woman in my area. Anyway, I am always on my bike riding and it seems that my area is safe from crimes and stuff like that. But I wouldn't tempt myself and sit around in a hawker center and play the "staring" game, because there are people in my area not liking to stares. That is pretty strange for someone not used to my neighborhood, but it is pretty normal in my area.
@surfette (674)
• United States
24 Apr 08
Men do have a tendency to feel a little safer and less intimidated when they are out and about. I'm not really familiar with the term "hawker center". Staring could make people feel uncomfortable and aggressive. Years ago, probably about the time you were born, I worked for a company that sent our technicians to Singapore to install the equipment we sold them. I can remember one of the guys saying that he felt safer in Singapore than any other place he had been. Now I know that many years have passed, but at that time, street crimes were almost non-existent there. Thank you, Zed, for responding to the conversation.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
You are very much welcome. Sorry for this late comment though. Hawker center is something like your market environment where there are stalls and places to sit and eat and all that. I think that you have given a very good opinion and that guys have a general stance of feeling more secured than ladies when they are out. I enjoy your discussions and will be looking forward to more. Take care, my friend.
@Nardz13 (5059)
• New Zealand
22 Apr 08
Hi there. Yes I feel safe in our neighborhood, actually I feel safe in our town too, because everyone knows each other and everyone looks out for each others children and property. I suppose this is the advantage of living in a small rural beach town. I wouldnt feel so safe in the city or a new neighborhood in a different town, it would take a very long time for me to feel the place out. Have a neat day...
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@surfette (674)
• United States
22 Apr 08
When my mom grew up in this city, she always felt safe because she knew everybody. That's the advantage of a small town. I'm so glad you're safe. Thanks for your input.
21 Apr 08
I don't really feel as safe as I did a few years ago. My neighborhood has become a pretty horrible place to live with gangs of teenagers hanging round on street corners of an evening wanting to cause trouble with anyone they see.
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@surfette (674)
• United States
21 Apr 08
That's really sad to hear. You should be able to enjoy your home, but I guess we have to learn to change with the world. Have a great evening and thanks for your input. Be safe.
@ruby222 (4848)
21 Apr 08
Hi Surfette...I live on the outskirts of a small town...but even though it is a relatively small town...you would think twice before venturing out alone at night. I feel its so sad...years ago you could go out and feel totally safe...but there are gangs of youths where ever you go now... Now i not saying that the gangs of youths are all bad..but as we get older we tend to feel a bit intimidated by them.... Sometimes ive been on the pavement and they wont budge!!!...so I have to go into the road to get past them. Even though its a small town it still has its social problems...an I wouldnt ever consider going out at night ....like so many places there are so many foghts etc... I prefer to stay safely in my own environment!!
@surfette (674)
• United States
21 Apr 08
It's amazing how our towns have changed. No community is totally immune to the problems of the bigger cities, just on a smaller scale. If you feel frightened, they are enjoying intimidating you and that's a shame. Thanks for your input and I'm glad you're safe at home.
@sunkissed (4331)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Yes I do feel safe in my neighborhood. i have been living here for the biggest part of 35 years. I have never had any problems here. People do move in and out, I don't know all of my neighbors any longer. But I have never seen or heard of any crims being commited here. I have owned the house I am living in for 18 years. I sit out on my porch, work out in my yard, never even lock my doors in the day time.I live in a very small town. I do walk every now and then, but have a bad back, so can not walk like I want to.
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@surfette (674)
• United States
21 Apr 08
A couple of years ago I lived in a small town too. You do feel more at ease and secure there. I would take walks all the time. After 35 years, that really feels like a safe home. Thanks for commenting. Sorry about your bad back.