Start thinking how much time you spend around or in the same perimeter as your neighbors. It’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I bet it just hit you. But what do you actually know about them? There may be some that you have known your entire life, but what about the others? How much do you trust them? Until you don’t find out more about them, you can’t.
Did you know that one in three Americans has a criminal record? Do the math and try to see how many of them could be among your neighbors. After all, you don’t know much about them. Except for their names and addresses, of course.
So what could you possibly do? What are your choices? The smartest solution would be to know some things about them and their background. Here is how you can achieve that.
The mighty internet
It is the obvious solution. You can either do a Google search, or you can use social media. There is a chance that you can find out a few things there. You already have a name and address. It’s not a long way from there.
There are free public records, and with today’s technology, they can often be accessed online. You can find out if the person you are interested in is married or not; if they pay child support or alimony and whatnot. Also, if they have committed a felony in the recent history, you may be able to find some news articles. Nothing is excluded.
Get to know your neighbors
Trust your instincts. Usually, when you get to talk with your neighbors, you can sense if something is fishy. It may be something in the way they speak, or a little lie here and there, or maybe even the way they act. Either way, there is something about them that doesn’t sit well with you.
Throw a party
A party can really bring the neighborhood together. It’s the perfect opportunity to put all of your neighbors together without looking suspicious. That way you can get to know them in a friendly environment. Sometimes, this can be your best chance to get to know them. It’s hard to try to get acquainted with all of them individually, and it will take you quite some time. But a party seems the perfect solution.
Check on their visitors
Tell me who your friends are to tell you who you are. Same kind of people tends to spend time together. So, if you see strange people coming and going, the chances are that your neighbors are as questionable. Keep an eye on them and see what happens. Don’t be ready to trust them just yet.
Video surveillance may be a good idea
I know it sounds extreme, but you cannot put a price on your safety. If you have a bad feeling about your neighbors, just install a few cameras around the house. It can’t hurt. Never. That way you can keep an eye on them and their activities without being called a stalker. There is a fine line between keeping an eye and being stalky, so why risk breaking it? Choose the easy way.
Consider running a criminal background search
This is more of a last resort kind of thing. If you have legitimate suspicions about the person you share a fence with, then a background check sounds great. It is your chance to put your mind at ease. Your best option is to use one of those third party companies that deal with such things. For a fee, you can know everything about a person. Everything from simple misdemeanors to felonies can be at your disposal. It’s all fast and discreet. The person you are searching for information on will have no idea. It beats asking for the government to disclose all that information.
The way I see it, it can go one of two ways. Either you find nothing and move on with your life, or you do find something disturbing and put yourself out of harm’s way. Either way, you win.