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Old 08-04-2008, 11:09 AM
 
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I have been warned of three "bad" neighborhoods in Brattleboro: Clark Street, Elliot Street and South Main Street. But most of Bratt is regarded as very safe. I have a friend who lives there who doesn't even lock her car or her home.

I know that it will take one serious crime in town to take that sense of innocence away. I hope it doesn't happen.

I have also been told that most crime in town is between acquaintances. But I have also heard of robberies of businesses, and of drug dealing.

Oh well. I'll live in Bratt for a while. If I decide I don't like the ugly undercurrents, I'll move elsewhere.
Your friend is lucky to be able to live in a neighborhood where she feels she can still leave her house and her car unlocked. That sense of security is gift that few people have. I lived in a good neighborhood, and even I didn't feel that any more. In the past year two homes in the neighborhood were robbed, one damaged by arson, and on Cabbage Night 13 cars were vandalized, including my own. The three bad neighborhoods you mention are huge neighborhoods, too.

In previous posts on this forum you asked about the extent of the drug problem in Brattleboro, and people have indeed posted that there is a problem here. You also expressed some concern about the incidence of rape being higher than the national average. Every town has problems with crime, and Brattleboro is no exception. A lot of that is also due to the influx of people from urban areas who resettled here.

Like I said, Brattleboro is a great town, with much to offer. I expressed my opinion regarding the crime/drug problem because I think it is important to take that into consideration when thinking of relocating there.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I'm not sure who said the rate of rape is higher in Brattleboro than the US average. I saw a stat lke that in 2004, but in the last two years there have been 3 and 1 rapes respectively. In small towns there are bound to be blips in statistics.

I have to say these numbers make Brattleboro look pretty safe to me. Crime seems to be going down.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Brattleboro-Vermont.html
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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I'm not sure who said the rate of rape is higher in Brattleboro than the US average. I saw a stat lke that in 2004, but in the last two years there have been 3 and 1 rapes respectively. In small towns there are bound to be blips in statistics.

I have to say these numbers make Brattleboro look pretty safe to me. Crime seems to be going down.

http://www.city-data.com/city/Brattleboro-Vermont.html
You're right, I misspoke. In her earlier post she said the rape rate in 2005 was higher than New York City, not US as a whole. Sorry! I don't mean to be cynical. I think that I more sensitive to the issue of drugs/crime because of my line of work.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:19 AM
 
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I told you guys I am just cranky...our house sale fell through last week so now I have to scramble for a place to live in 3 weeks w/a 10 year old and a dog
This area is not pleasant if you rent...there is NOTHING available for renters!

If anyone knows how else to find a place besides word of mouth and craigslist let me know!!
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I told you guys I am just cranky...our house sale fell through last week so now I have to scramble for a place to live in 3 weeks w/a 10 year old and a dog
This area is not pleasant if you rent...there is NOTHING available for renters!

If anyone knows how else to find a place besides word of mouth and craigslist let me know!!
I got my place from Craigslist. But I also used the classifieds in the local newspaper and I contacted two property managers. One property manager's name was given me by my buyers' agent. The other had a website with contact information; I think I got to the website by googling.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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You're right, I misspoke. In her earlier post she said the rape rate in 2005 was higher than New York City, not US as a whole. Sorry! I don't mean to be cynical. I think that I more sensitive to the issue of drugs/crime because of my line of work.

I was wondering if that was the case. I hope that it was.
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:01 AM
 
Location: on a dirt road in Waitsfield,Vermont
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I always found rentals thru the classified ads and contacting realtors. Many realtors manage local rentals. They will usually list that in their yellow page ads.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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Renters have always been looked down upon in VT,they were 60 yrs ago by the
merchant class that owned the properties and they are today by the gentry that
set the agenda in VT.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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Renters have always been looked down upon in VT,they were 60 yrs ago by the
merchant class that owned the properties and they are today by the gentry that
set the agenda in VT.
Gentry?
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:16 PM
 
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Don't get mad Gypsy, take it as a compliment. Did you ever think they are staring at you because your attractive. Everybody gets cranky. Hey, I have been so upset this past week. I think this forum has been the only thing that has kept me from going insane. Anyway, why don't you tell us what type of rental you are looking for, so if we happen to come across something online or in the newspaper, we can email it to you? Don't worry, everything will work out for you.
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