When settling in a new neighborhood there are so many things to consider…the house you’re moving into, where to buy stuff, the district school, and your neighbors. Most people would agree that people should “mind their own business”, but when neighbors start acting strangely it might actually become your problem.
Do you have a neighbor who constantly has different guests over? He might be a drug dealer. Is that elderly man next door just a bit too friendly with your kids? Is he always offering to babysit or give them candy? What if he’s actually a pedophile trying to get close to your kids? How do you know if that surly man who lives in front of your house is actually out on bail? You don’t! Not unless you look through arrest records and see if he’s been convicted of anything. Living in a new neighborhood is a big change and your neighbors may eye you suspiciously as the “newcomer”. However, you should come in with just as much suspicion as they have. These little oddities may not affect you now, but in the long-run, living within proximity to these criminals, you may get entangled with their affairs. Your kids might end up buying drugs from them, they may get sexually abused because they “trusted” them and thought they were no harm. One day, that neighbor with a history of violence may end up vandalizing your property or attacking your family because of something that insulted him.
It’s important to do a criminal background search to see what kind of people you’ll be living nearby and be prepared to call the police in case they start acting according to their criminal history. It could also clear you of any suspicions as accomplices. Always remain alert and vigilant, do your research!