Safe as houses

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Safe as houses

by Phillip Tarrant November 30, 1999 1 minute read

When it comes to choosing a first home, there are a lot of things which dominate first home buyers’ lists, including size, price range and proximity to public transport. But what about safety?

November 30, 1999


A new survey has found safety is top of the list for females when it comes to house hunting.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of First National Real Estate by Newspoll and surveyed 1,200 women from around Australia, found that the major influence on the home buying decision for women was whether the area was safe to live in.

This was particularly prevalent among younger women, with 100 per cent of 24 to 28 year olds quoting safety as a major influence; 78.2 per cent of 25 to 34 year olds also nominated safety as a major influence.


For first time buyers who are concerned about safety, there are a number of things to consider in your property search.

Obviously, a good starting point is choosing a location with a low crime rate. Jump on the internet and do some research on an area before you consider buying there. Even visit the local police, they’ll be happy to tell you their accounts of the local area.

There are a number of things you can also uncover yourself, such as whether the area is well-lit at night? Are there lots of alley ways? Are properties well-maintained and is there a warm community feel?

Of course, some first time buyers may not have a wave of options at their feet, in terms of location choice, or they may have their hearts set on a specific location regardless.

If this is the case, look for a property which is as safe as possible.

A good choice for safety-concerned buyers is a secure apartment complex rather than a house. Look for a complex with a secure entrance as well as a secure lift which requires a key or code to operate. A secure door to the apartment is also essential.

If you’re worried about safety it might also be worth passing up ground floor properties; it’s much easier for thieves to break in at street level.

Lastly, the best way to suss out the safety of a neighbourhood, street or apartment building is to ask around. Existing residents should be more than happy to tell you about the place they call home.

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About the author

Phillip Tarrant

Phillip Tarrant

Phillip Tarrant is executive editor – Real Estate at Momentum Media. He is also an investor with a large property portfolio.

He leads the content strategy and corporate growth for a range of market and business intelligence platforms at Momentum Media, including Smart Property Investment – the authoritative voice for Australia’s property investment community.

As head of the Smart Property Investment Podcast Network, he also steers the largest network of property podcasts in Australia, which collectively generate nearly two million downloads every year.

There are over 2.6 million investment properties in Australia, with over 2.1 million Australians (or around 8% of all Australians) owning one or more investment properties. A vibrant and critical sector for creating wealth for Australians, the property investment sector is expected to remain a pillar to the national economy.

For nearing a decade, under Phillip’s stewardship Smart Property Investment has been informing and educating property investors on the tactics and strategies to create wealth through property.

Trusted by over 100,000 Australians each month as the turn-to independent resource for property market insights and information, the brand supports the mantra of ‘for investors, by investors’, drawing on the unique position that Phillip and Smart Property Investment shares, warts and all, its own journey through property.

The Smart Property Investment Show, part of the Smart Property Investment Podcast Network, is one of Australia’s most popular podcasts, forming the keystone of an integrated digital platform delivering daily property updates, live broadcasting, insights, opinion and data to property investors across the nation.

Underpinned by a content team universally recognised for their knowledge of the sector and approach for clear and concise communication, Smart Property Investment has become a central part of Australia’s property community.

About Momentum Media

Momentum Media is a leading media and market intelligence company, and the business behind Smart Property Investment, REB and RPM.

Guided by a strong sense of purpose to support our communities, Momentum Media has forged its place as one of Australia’s most influential media and professional development businesses.

We have been equipping Australia’s corporate, investor and SME sectors with market and business intelligence for over a decade.

Across an integrated business supported by digital, events, broadcast, research, print and social platforms, we are guided by the purpose: Be better informed.

This passion for informing, educating and inspiring drives us to build more engaged communities, delivering greater leadership to the markets we connect to and forging closer relationships with our audiences.

Being at the forefront of media innovation, backed by a pioneering spirit, has been central to Momentum Media’s growth.

We’re an evolving, forward-thinking business based on a purpose that supports corporate Australia and the markets critical to our nation’s economic prosperity and security. We’re also focused on delivering exceptional value to our commercial partners.

We adapt on a daily basis to rapidly changing market places; we’re a fluid media business, unanchored to any particular technology, channel or tone of communication.

With a reach spanning nearly 2 million professionals, high-net-worth individuals and SME business owners, we’re connected to the rapidly changing preferences and attitudes of our communities – and we’re making a positive contribution for our communities to thrive.

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