Ah ha so Oak Park, IL did not make the list of the “100 Safest Cities in America for 2016” so what does that say about the village? That with all the security issues I contacted the apartment’s management company is not me being paranoid? That I actually have a reason for being nervous? I did not hear any statements from the village or the police department discussing this slight to oh-so-perfect Oak Park, Il, but here we are. Now Chicago is just a war zone man but it at least has shit to do so it levels out all the crime you may experience when you go into the city.
Unfortunately, Oak Park, IL does not have the population that Chicago has, the activities, the diversity or evidently the commercial presence neither that most politicians would use to explain away their town, village or city not being safe. I sure know that if it comes to giving out tickets for not moving your car in certain areas every two hours or you park in the wrong area there is a law enforcement presence…. giving you a ticket!
Now, I know you think I am worried about just my apartment being broken into and my stuff being stolen, but being totally truthful that’s half the story! I also would like to go to sleep without the fear of ending up in a Dateline story. Being safe is part of the “selling points” for living in Oak Park. IL so if it is not safe why bother paying all this money to live here? How can you sell rent in a place that you have to be stressed all the time about being robbed?
In fact, Oak Park apartments tries to sell you on the option of “renter’s insurance” it felt like they had a piece of the action. I know they were totally weirded out when I told them that I got insurance through another company and photographed all my shit, they were like: “oh really??” I wondered if they wanted to lift my shit or something and were surprised that I was so detailed. That’s okay because I take careful measures to make sure I know when anyone comes into my apartment. I do not play that shit, in other words if your town/village/city is not considered “safe” and your apartment management company pressures you on something like “renter insurance” through someone they “recommend” take the appropriate steps.
Here is the list I mentioned above with the 100 Safest Cities in America for 2016: