When to Worry About the Neighbor?

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You hear it all too often on the news.

After a serious crime, those interviewed often claim a neighbor would not be guilty.

In reality, they may have known more about whom their neighbor was in fact had they done a little research.

With that in mind, how can you go about finding out more details on new neighbors? You might even want more details on those who’ve lived by you for a period of time.

While some people may think you have too much free time on your hands, don’t let that discourage you.

If something doesn’t seem right about a neighbor and how they act, you have every right to do some investigating.

Where Do You Start?

To discover more about a questionable neighbor, where are you best slated to begin?

In many instances, a jail records search online will get you going in the right direction.

Such a search will provide you with details of when and where an arrest took place. You can also discover the charges.

Keep in mind that misdemeanor charges and convictions should not lead you to worry.

Where more concern should be is a charge and conviction of a serious crime. Such crimes would include DUI’s, sexual assault, burglary and the like.

Along with online searches, media outlets are another means to get information.

Once charged and convicted of a crime, the person is usually in their local newspapers. You can find such details in the paper’s local crime section.

You can also give social media a shot.

Millions have social media profiles, something that can hinder them at a point and time.

If you find questionable comments or images, keep in mind when deciding to interact with them.

Do You Give Them the Benefit of the Doubt?

One of the tough calls you may need to make is do you give the neighbor a break?

Keep in mind that he or she may have gone through some rough patches in life. As such, they may need the benefit of the doubt as you decide in getting to know them or not.

One way to better decide this is seeing how they act towards you and others in the neighborhood.

Some red flags to keep an eye out for would include:

  • Sticking to themselves
  • Having people over at their home at all hours of the day
  • Appearing to rarely go out or be gone all the time
  • Keeping their home shuttered; no blinds or drapes open, no possessions outside etc.


Although some people are shy, the above-mentioned red flags should get your attention.

While never feeling intimidated by neighbors, you should make note of strange occurrences.

In some cases, you might consider moving if things get out of hand. That said the decision to move should always be of your making, not others.

So, do you have some concerns about a neighbor or two of yours?

Photo credit: Gordon on Flickr. CC-BY-SA-2.0.

Sarah Pinkerton

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