Most often when buying a home there is a list of priorities that are followed. The home of course is on the top of the list, then this is usually followed by the close-by amenities. Often the safety and security aspects of the neighborhood may not be considered.
Those that have lived in Toronto for many years have already come to their own conclusions as to what regions of Toronto and the GTA are considered safe, and sometimes the judgements made are unfair. Other times they are accurate based on the crime statistics.
New comers to the Toronto area are not familiar with any of these perceptions and information. Anyone that is planning on moving to a new safe neighborhood should do their own research as to what the indicators are according to safety and security concerns.
You want to observe how close it is to walk to some of the amenities like transportation stops. Are the streets in the neighborhood well lit? While not everyone wants bright street lights shining on their homes, they do want the streets themselves lit up appropriately.
Most people go home shopping during the day, and often make their decisions to buy based on this first viewing. Before making that decision it would be wise to drive around the area at night and see what kind of activity is taking place.
While many people like to sit out on their property you want to determine if there is much loitering going on. This is something that you may not be comfortable with.
In general you can also tell by the homes around you if the neighborhood seems to be keep in nice shape in general.
You can also call your local security company and ask them about the area you are considering moving to. They may be able to provide you with some data concerning it. Also, check out the crime statistics, but make sure they are up to date and accurate.
Walk around the neighborhood and when you see other people that are living there, ask a few of them what they think about the area. This kind of feedback will be most important to you, but make sure you get a few opinions and not just one or two. In case they just simply don’t like the neighborhood for personal reasons.
Try to get an idea of the majority of age that live there. If it seems that the majority are predominantly younger than your age group, or it is mostly singles and you are a family then although the area may be totally safe it just might not be the type of atmosphere you are looking for.