If you are worried about crime in a specific area the best place to go is the source, ask the local police or the Pueblo or Fremont County sheriff. Another good source is the community police blotter; see what the Pueblo Chieftain or Canon Daily Record news paper is saying. The neighbors are another good source of information. For those of us who remember Mrs. Kravitz on Bewitched she had all the news you could use and then some.
Animals were here before we were and they don’t care how much you paid for your house and valuables. Colorado is a fence out state not a fence in state. Local communities will have laws pertaining to domestic animals. But don’t be surprised to see cattle out on your property. Open range help keep your property taxes low. If the cattle, deer, antelope or other animals bother you can try fencing them out. Consult the Colorado Dept of Wildlife in your area; you don’t want to break any laws, impede or injury the native wildlife.
In rural areas around Colorado cell phone service is spotty. And it might take awhile for help to arrive anyway. Talk to the neighbors about your concerns. Where I live many neighbors have air horns like you carry on boats. It’ll scare the tar out of anything near by, they don’t cost much and you don’t have to license them. A bear or a burglar is going to beat feet with that noise and all the neighbors are going to know about it.
Fire is a concern for everyone. But keep your mountain or view property cleared of dead or dieing trees. Keep the brush around the house short or clear. If your land is next to vacant or unimproved land you might want to look it over, ask permission, see if you can prevent a fire from starting or jumping from there to your place. On occasion you will see homes with sprinkler systems on the roof. This is a great idea; make sure your source of water is consistent with a back up pump. Keep additional supplies in the house or car in case your escape route is blocked. Know where your utilities are and how to turn them off.
And from my experience I can tell you to keep photos of everything in the house: good, bad or ugly. The insurance company is going to want good records including VIN numbers, mortgage records and a picture of that Rolex that just went up in flames.
Snow isn’t a huge concern in the area unless we get a really big storm, which seems to happen every couple of years. Again be prepared, have medications on hand, flash lights, candles and extra food. In some areas if you are far enough out not the sheriff or anybody else is going to come get you. You may want to have a shovel on the front of your truck or even a plow – or the phone number for somebody who does. It’s not unusual doing one of these storms to hear of people being isolated for a week or more. If you are in Custer County count on not getting out in a bad storm for weeks. Maybe it won’t happen, but maybe it will.
Living in a rural areas around Pueblo or Canon City isn’t anymore difficult than living in the city. The key is to be prepared!