Is That New Neighbor Trouble?

How long have you lived in your current neighborhood?

If you have any suspicions about a new neighbor or neighbors who’ve moved in lately, will you act on such curiosity?

Some homeowners or renters are so busy that they do not have time to worry about what their neighbors are up to. For others, they do keep an eye on the neighborhood and what is happening.

So, if you have a new neighbor and you think he or she may be trouble, what steps will you take to get to the bottom of things?

Internet Research is Always an Option

One of the steps you can take when your curiosity has been peaked is to get online.

Once in position, you could go ahead with background checks on anyone you think might be a question mark.

Yes, you will need their full name and any pertinent details you have about them.

Once you find the right site that allows you to conduct such searches, enter the full name and see what you come up with.

Among some things you would want to find out about the neighbor:

  • Any criminal background – Some crimes are so minor that they barely register a blip on the radar. That said you want to know if the person has something more serious in their background. Such offenses would include sexual assaults, break-ins, DUI’s and more.
  • Issues with neighbors – Does the person have a history of problems with neighbors? If so, this is also a red flag that you want to be aware of.

By learning more about the neighbor, you will be in a better position to decide what their intentions are.

Don’t Overstep Your Bounds

While it is fine to care about your neighborhood, do not overstep your bounds.

As an example, do not get caught watching your neighbor’s place seven days a week. Remember, he or she is entitled to their privacy as you are. As a result, you can’t be playing police detective 24/7 in regards to someone new who has moved into the area.

Your best bet is to keep an eye out for any unusual occurrences.

Such activities would include:

  • People over at all hours of the night – Some people work hours where they are only home in the evening or later than that. As such, you may see your neighbor with cars in front of their place and people coming and going. While this is not highly unusual, it can be if people are arriving and leaving in the middle of the night. Look for anything out of the ordinary.
  • Blinds and curtains drawn – Although some do not like a lot of light, it is unusual to have blinds and curtains drawn 24/7.
  • Are they upfront with you? – Finally, if you do have some encounters with the new neighbor, do you suspect they may not be truthful with you? If so, try and figure out why this is.

In determining if the new neighbor may be trouble, how far will you go to find out?