Here in Active Rain you read about other state real estate brokers wondering what others do to protect their personal safety.To hang on to their personal property. Always have to chuckle but be reminded that Maine's crime rate is the country's fourth lowest. And where I list, market sell and peddle property, Aroostook County's crime is half that pretty remarkable state average again.
I don't have, need or carry a taser. My keys are in the Jeep, the front door is unlocked, and I don't lose any sleep at night worrying about intruders. Most of the rural properties, lakeshore cottages have front doors secured by high security bread and butter knives wedged in sideways. More to "protect" from the wind blowing the door open, to keep out the elements, weather.
If you work where you worry about getting to your car after the shift, that energy or anxiety or attention to personal safety details is just part of where you chose to live and the "price", or "cost". In Maine, forget that wasted fearful emotion. A move here may take a few months or even years to relax, ease up and go against your training in a populated state where crime statistics are in the top ten. But eventually you will let your guard down. It is a nuisance to come out, try to jump in a vehicle that is locked. What's with that? Who took the keys and why? Who is going to come all the way north to Houlton Maine to hot wire a vehicle? We are insulated, not isolated north far enough to be in Canada.
Car heisters, jackers are lazy too. And if they are looking for the high end Porsche, Rolls, BMW or Corvette, the fishing is way way better closer to Boston MA.Pick ups with not all the quarter panels painted the color they rolled of the Detroit assembly line are not uncommon.
But those are not the vehicles car choppers are after to part out and ebay, or black market the pieces. The National Association of REALTORS statement "every market is different". They sure are. In Northern Maine you can buy a quality home for in the $50,000, $60,000 price range or less.
The home mortgages are so much more manageable and the pursuit to get them paid off is easier. Owned outright homes with money freed up for other luxuries like gas, food, clothing is the goal. So parking something with a ten year payment booklet in your driveway or garage is not the carrot many local Mainer's chase. Motivation to live within your means or even a tad below the income flow is the rule. Saving money for a roller coaster life dip is how you are raised. Never knowing anything different. To go out on an economic limb and self saw it or have it natural snap off become of over spending to impress or because you just have poor buyer impulse control is not how we roll.
Carrying lots of plastic and having everything under the sun as if it was a material race is not a hobby engaged in here. Our kids are watching and the "stuff" we need are family, outdoor recreation, working hard on what we do own to preserve it, pass it on in better shape then we received it. Is that how you live where you are on the planet?
Our kids learn to respect other people's property. To work hard and take care of what they have. They are not handed twenty dollar bills, or allowed to develop a sense of entitlement, or that the world revolves around them. The worse feeling a Northern Maine child can have is when their mom says "you wait until your Dad gets home". Oh oh. I've let my parent down, and one look from a parent gets your attention. The look that means "my parent has a nuclear weapon, loves me no matter what but will not allow me to do this, this or this". Growing up we had woodsheds used for discipline early on so they establish the course the family was on and rules, discipline were not casually introduced in high school after it is way way too late.