I'm new to city living and have some probably unfounded worries about security and safety.
I've just moved to a new apartment in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Previously I had been living in the suburbs.
It turns out that my apartment is across the street from an homeless persons outreach center/soup kitchen. At night you will see a lot of homeless people sleeping on the street, and when I was walking back home the other night after having had a few beers I was surprised by another coming out of an alley as I was walking by. Not the greatest location for one's home, in retrospect.
Further adding to my doubts, I found out a few days ago that my apartment had been broken into two or three years ago by someone equipped with a crowbar. My apartment is a second level coach house secured behind a locked gate with fencing probably 6.5' - 7' high.
I know I'm being a little prejudiced here, but it is hard not being affected by stories such as this one
. Obviously not all homeless people are mentally ill and not all mentally ill are violent. But still.
Plus, I have a girlfriend and I want her to feel safe when she comes to visit. And I want myself and property to be reasonably secure as well.
So have at me. Are my feelings unreasonable? Give me some advice here.