Post # 1
And what did you do to find out?
We are moving and have narrowed it down to a few apartments. My mom doesn’t like one because its in an area that supposedly has more crime. But how do I actually find out if that is true? First off I should say that I live in an a very safe city….very few violet crimes each year, almost no murders (like less than a dozen in the last 10 years and five were a family killed by the dad in a murder/suicide). But like any place there are property crimes. I did look at the sex offender registery and there are two registered offenders in my area (both were something like assault with intent to commit sexual assault) which is sort of concerning. But other than that I can’t find anything. Should I just call the police and ask?
Post # 3
A lot of local police websites will have the crime states for your area. Maybe you can google your police services website and they should have it on there.
Post # 4
Yes, I would just call or go into the police department… Say you are looking into moving to the area and would just like to know how they would say the crime is in the area. Seems like they would be the ones who would know best 🙂
Post # 5
There are websites that show crime statistics and if you just type the zip and the words “crime statistics” that may help (Google). But I also just researched this and read a bunch of realtors who stated that the crime stats on the internet are not very accurate and it IS better to contact the police to find out..good luck!
Post # 6
yup – websites are good. we checked those out as well as drove around the neighborhood a few times at night – a few different times of night – 10 p.m. – midnight – 2 a.m. – just to know how we felt.
now – granted, ours is actually NOT the “safest” neighborhood – it’s a very eclectic neighborhood full of young couples and older couples…but unfortunately, too – it’s literally the neighborhood RIGHT between the good one and the ghetto one…
we do have an alarm system – as most houses do, in our neighborhood – and it DID come in handy one time…thankfully we had it…
but yeah – def. search the net for your local information. 🙂
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice, I looked at the website and it doesn’t list information like the city I currently live in does. I think I really just have to call.
Post # 8
Try googling your cities police department. Usually they’ll list calls they make, and you can check the addresses around.
Ask the local mail person. Ask if they would feel comfortable with their daughter moving into those apartments. They’ll probably know the history.
We bought our house, and for us, the “safety” was one of my main priorities. Our neighborhood does connect to a rather sketchy one, but it seems to stay separate. Our neighbors are the original owners and told us the history of our house and the others around it. There’s NO sex-offenders in our neighborhood (which is rather large actually) and people are always our walking their dogs and babies (without sticks, mace, or other “defensive” weapons). Within 3 days of living here, the captain of our blocks neighborhood watch came over and we have a police officer across the street and next to us. Lol – We’re in good hands.
Post # 9
city-data.com has a lot of information on towns/cities including a chart with a list of all different types of crimes by year.
Post # 10
i looked at spotcrime.com and subscribed to my zipcode for like, 3 weeks before we signed a lease 🙂
it showed what kind of crime happened in our area–love the site!
Post # 11
Call the local police station and ask lots of questions. We did the same for our area, and it was relatively safe. Once we started living in our house, and we saw how the neighbors watched out for one another, we felt really safe. Not to mention, we have a cop living next door to us! Score!
Post # 12
Pretty safe. We live in the UK and used a website called upmystreet.com to check on things like crime, schools, etc., before deciding on renting here.