How to know if it's safe to leave windows open?
August 29, 2012 7:33 AM Subscribe
How do I gauge whether it is safe in my neighborhood to leave the windows in my house open/unlocked (a) when we are asleep, and (b) when we're not home?
posted by anonymous_account to home & garden (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I know, ask my neighbors. Which I will. But I'd also like to make my own decision as this decision will effect our energy usage and we may not see eye-to-eye with our neighbors about how severe that usage is.
We've lived here about a year and no inkling of a problem. My neighbors all use the air conditioning even on temperate nights, and it just clicked with me that maybe that's cause they don't want to leave their windows open.
I live in a somewhat close-to-the-city suburb (moving here from an outer neighborhood which was quite crime-free).
Are there any crime stat guidelines (or any other statistics) that you would use as a guide (i.e., # of burglaries per 100,000, etc.)?
We have no kids, not sure whether that makes a difference. Also, no firearms.