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There are a lot of advantages to living in a low-crime neighborhood, such as family safety, peace of mind, and a minimal risk of getting your personal property stolen.

Perhaps the only downside of living in a relatively secure, desirable part of town is that you might let your guard down completely. When that happens, especially on a regular basis, you're creating a vulnerability that could eventually be taken advantage of. That's why is pays to be consistent when it comes to locking doors, teaching your kids good security practices, and always making your home appear as if someone's home.

Your home IS your castle and -- short of building a moat -- there are a variety of practical measures you can take to keep it safe and secure.

  1. Install a burglar alarm or home security system. There are a lot of options for making your home more burglar-proof, such as installing video surveillance cameras, window and door alarms, or a whole-house alarm system that alerts the local police department or alarm monitoring service of a break-in or other security breach. Virtually any security steps you take will help "tip the scales" in your favor, but a professional advisor from a reputable home security company can assist you in identifying potential vulnerabilities and choosing the options best suited for your budget, your degree of risk, and your comfort level.
  2. Plan ahead when going on vacation. Allowing your mail or newspaper deliveries to pile up on your front steps or driveway is like extending an open invitation to burglars who might be scoping out the area. Temporarily suspending your deliveries while you're away is a good starting point for keeping your house looking occupied in your absence, but you might also ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out for unexpected deliveries. If you really trust them, you could even give them a key to your house, in case they're inclined to water your plants and take care of your pets! (That would eliminate the need and expense of sending your dogs and cats to a pet-boarding facility.) One tactic that a lot of homeowners forget about when they're going away for a few days (or even just overnight) is to hook up an automatic timer to a few of their lights. That simple step will help ensure that their house isn't pitch black at night. There's also the more expensive strategy of having a home security system that can be activated and monitored from your mobile device. Do-it-yourself installation kits are available, but some homeowners prefer the technical support features that come with a professional home security service.
  3. Outside lights can be a deterrent. A few motion-activated outdoor floodlights placed in strategic locations around your home can significantly reduce the risk of night-time prowlers staying on your property for very long. Since one of their primary objectives is to remain undetected and low profile, bright spotlights that turn on when they approach the house will often be enough to send them on their way.
Other home security strategies may include changing all the door locks when you first move into a home, adopting a good watch dog to help scare away potential intruders, and keeping bushes and trees pruned so they don't provide convenient hiding places for would-be burglars.

8100 West A Street, Belleville, IL 62223  

Residential
$59,900
Price
6
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
1
Baths
Check out this cute and comfortable home in Belleville. Original hardwood floors throughout and the screened in front porch make this a very charming home. The kitchen has plenty of cabinet and counter space and all appliances stay including a newer dishwasher. The dining room has french doors leading to the back deck which is great for entertaining. You will love the screened in front porch for relaxing and enjoying those quiet evenings. The home has a full basement, attached garage with opener, and a large fenced in back yard. Nice shaded lot which will help save on the utilities. Seller is offering a one year HMS home warranty to the buyer. All information including, square footage, lot size, school district, etc. to be verified by buyer.


Great 4 bedroom 2 bath home with full basement and two car garage for a very affordable price. This home has passed all city inspections and is move in ready! The home has nice new tilt-in windows, new flooring, new water heater, and a new stainless steel gas range. You will be surprised at the space in this home. The first floor consist of a large foyer, living room, large eat-in kitchen, bedroom which could be used as a family room or formal dining room, mud room or office, and a half bath with laundry. The laundry could be relocated to the mud room or basement and the bath converted to a full bath. The upstairs with all new flooring consist of three bedrooms, office or play room, and an updated full bath. There is plenty of parking with a driveway in front, street parking, two car garage (alley access) with opener and additional parking in front of garage. The home comes with a stainless steel refrigerator and a one year HMS home warranty. Steps away from a nice little park.

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This listing recently sold for $170,000.

64 Shady Lane, Belleville, IL 62221  

Residential
$173,500
Price
$170,000
Sale Price
11
Total Rooms
4
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Welcome!! This beautiful home in the established neighborhood of Chenot Place is a must see!! Spacious, well maintained brick ranch on large double lot (2 separate parcels) with park-like setting has so much to offer. This sprawling home boasts a large, eat-in kitchen with lots of cabinet space (laundry room off of kitchen), separate dining area, large living room with a woodburning fireplace. From the living room and family room there are french doors that walk out onto a patio overlooking a wooded lot. The home has double furnace and AC units and an attic fan. Walls freshly painted a neutral color. Four large bedrooms with double closets and an abundance of storage throughout the house. There is an oversized, side entry garage with a separate heating unit. So much curb appeal with mature landscaping and a big front porch overlooking this large corner lot. Centrally located near schools, shopping and Scott AFB. Great find!!


123 North 30th Street, Belleville, IL 62226  

Residential
$79,900
Price
10
Total Rooms
4
Bedrooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Great 4 bedroom 2 bath home with full basement and two car garage for a very affordable price. This home has passed all city inspections and is move in ready! The home has nice new tilt-in windows, new flooring, new water heater, and a new stainless steel gas range. You will be surprised at the space in this home. The first floor consist of a large foyer, living room, large eat-in kitchen, bedroom which could be used as a family room or formal dining room, mud room or office, and a half bath with laundry. The laundry could be relocated to the mud room or basement and the bath converted to a full bath. The upstairs with all new flooring consist of three bedrooms, office or play room, and an updated full bath. There is plenty of parking with a driveway in front, street parking, two car garage (alley access) with opener and additional parking in front of garage. The home comes with a stainless steel refrigerator and a one year HMS home warranty. Steps away from a nice little park.