Posted in Blog  
  on May 23, 2013

How Neighborhoods Have Changed in a Bad Way

How Neighborhoods Have Changed in a Bad Way

The Decline in Neighborly Ways

Have you invited your new neighbor over for coffee? You are not the only one. According to the State of the American Neighborhood survey, a third of Americans do not know their neighbors by name. Has the security fallen wayside from our manners? Here is a look at whether knowing your neighbors or not creates a safer home environment. Not to mention a look at the celebrities you would not want to be neighbors with.

Where Being Unfriendly Gets You

When you are unfriendly to your neighbors you may be only hurting yourself. 60% of US adult don’t follow common safety precautions to protect their homes from theft. By this, 38% do not tell a neighbor they are going out of town with a fifth of those hiding their house keys in a nearby hiding place. 12% of Americans allow their mail to pile up and make social media announcements that they will not be home. 8% of those who leave have their doors or windows left unlocked.

Walk Across the Street

By being neighborly, you can make a significant impact on creating a safer environment. 72% of homeowners report that because they know their neighbors they are confident that their neighbors would respond to suspicious activity around their homes. Half of Americans say that because of their neighbors, they have no immediate plans to move. A third of Americans experience their neighbors sharing information with them regarding a crime and safety in the neighborhood. A fourth of Americans say they have received help with a lot pet or rescued animal by their neighbors.

Gated Communities

While a little over a quarter of Americans wish they knew more people in their neighborhoods, here is a look at some celebrities that are rated as being the least desired neighbors to have.

• 21% undesired the Cast of Honey Boo Boo
• 18% undesired Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
• 12% undesired Donald Trump


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