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Bjchicago, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

I am buying a home on the 1400 block of Leclaire 60651. I need to know about the drug or gang activity in that area especially in warm weather

Asked by Bjchicago, Chicago, IL Wed Jan 26, 2011

How safe is the 1400 block of N Leclaire 60651, across the street from Leslie Lewis Elementary school?

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Dear Bjchicago,

This is not a question that Realtors are likely to answer in an effort to avoid being accused of "steering" you as a potential buyer either away from or toward any particular neighborhood/area.

I would suggest the following to give yourself a general sense of whether or not you and your family would feel comfortable in the area.

First I would suggest doing whatever you typically do in your current neighborhood in the neighborhood that you’re considering moving to. Whether that is walking your dog in the evening, or walking your child to the corner coffee shop in the morning, or just cycling around the neighborhood at midday. Walk, jog, or ride through the neighborhood at different times of day to “get a feel” for the neighborhood.

If you are considering a specific address, then you can call 311 (the City of Chicago's information services) and give them the address. They can tell you what if any police activity has been reported on that address.

You can also usually get general area crime statistics from the neighborhood Chamber of Commerce.

As John Guttman noted, you can get general crime statistics from a newer online community "EveryBlock" which can be found at http://www.everyblock.com. You can then search for Chicago and crime statistics.

You can visit the City of Chicago Police Department website and search for "Index Crime Statistics" or you can try the department's main website at https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath.

Let me know if you need any assistance in locating a property to purchase. Good luck.

Sincerely,

Christopher Thomas
Broker Associate, Keller Williams Realty Chicago Consulting Group
716 E. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 418-0640 (cell) (312) 577-0985 (fax)
cthomas@kw.com
http://www.myagentchris.com
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The best answer to this question is do your research. Talk to the policeman or the police station in that area, they will often help you. Look up local newspaper "blotter" for crimes. And talk to the neighbors, they will tell you everything. I also found some good websites on the internet for this. No guarantee on info, but here are a couple. Search the internet for more.

http://spotcrime.com/il/chicago

http://chicago.everyblock.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 27, 2011
We as agents cant and shouldnt answer questions like this. I would tell you to do some research your self. Check out chicago crime by block.com. Also, go there at different times or the day, and night. Weekends, weekdays, etc. See if YOU feel comfortable there. Go out and speak with the neighbors. Go to the parks, grocery stores, etc. Best of luck.

Matt Laricy
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
mlaricy@americorpre.com
708-250-2696
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 27, 2011
Bjchicago,

I ran an initial search for you; please take a look at:

http://chicago.everyblock.com/streets/leclaire-ave/1400-1499…

If you have any further questions, I would be glad to help.

Sincerely,

John Gutman
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 27, 2011
Best way to find out is to drive by on a Friday or saturday nite the first warm day of the year.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 27, 2011
Here's a good resource for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 26, 2011
Try this website to get more information: http://chicago.everyblock.com/
You might also want to call the police station for whatever district that property belongs to.

Good Luck!
Linda Dressler, Realtor®
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 26, 2011
How did your agent answer your question?
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