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Old 10-15-2008, 09:22 AM
 
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My wife an I are about to buy a house in Planters Walk. My wife has family in the area, so this is why we chose it. We've become concerned reading some posts here saying there is a crime problem. Sure enough after looking at the crime data it does seem like there are an alarming number of incidents. However I looked around the city, and it seems to be everywhere. The upscale Myers Park had more incidents than Planters Walk, for example. Berewick, which seems to be a popular new development in Steele Creek, has also had many incidents.

Should we be concerned? The neighborhood seems pretty far from low-rent appartments or notorious areas. So where does the crime come from--other people in the neighborhood, or outsiders driving in? Do alarm systems help? What other precautions can be taken?
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:38 AM
 
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My wife an I are about to buy a house in Planters Walk. My wife has family in the area, so this is why we chose it. We've become concerned reading some posts here saying there is a crime problem. Sure enough after looking at the crime data it does seem like there are an alarming number of incidents. However I looked around the city, and it seems to be everywhere. The upscale Myers Park had more incidents than Planters Walk, for example. Berewick, which seems to be a popular new development in Steele Creek, has also had many incidents.

Should we be concerned? The neighborhood seems pretty far from low-rent appartments or notorious areas. So where does the crime come from--other people in the neighborhood, or outsiders driving in? Do alarm systems help? What other precautions can be taken?
Since your wife has family in the area why not rely on what those already living there can tell you? If they feel safe and are happy you could feel more comfortable about your decision. But if they are the ones giving you any specific warnings you should take that seriously. I love Steele Creek myself, but there are some problems in areas with a high number of foreclosures that seem to be attracting an unwanted element to certain places - not necessarily Planters Walk though. Best of luck in your decision!
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Old 10-15-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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ps - having a dog seems to be the #1 deterrent to criminals casing a home - so if you don't have one maybe you could consider adopting from the animal shelter
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:30 AM
 
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I almost bought a home in planters walk. I immensely enjoy that area, and think that crime should not be a large issue there. The only reason that we did not purchase a home there was my husbands commute would be longer, and we fell in love with another part of town.

Having family close by can be a huge help. As far as how to deter crime....get to know your neighbors. They will be watching out for you and your family too. My next door neighbor knows our family well, and I know that they are looking out for us.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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I live in Steele Creek and love it. But we rent. We are closer to the Rivergate Mall end and its just a great area. Im from NY and feel pretty safe. I know crime is everywhere but Im happy with our choice to move here.
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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Have you tried the new wine shop in Rivergate?
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Old 10-16-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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Not yet! We hope to soon. Do they have tastings?
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:40 PM
 
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We live near River Gate too and we're wanting to try it. Tonight, we drove by and saw a couple outside, looks like they put a table clothe on one of the tables while they where waiting... for a taste??

Anyway, back to the crime thing. We have lived in this area and have never had a problem with crime.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Was in just when they opened they did not have all the wines in yet.

You can purchase a taste of 36 different wines something like that, they also do some food that sounded good for eating with the wines.
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