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Martha Herna…, Renter in Berkeley, CA

Is the neighborhood surrounding Alcatraz and California (in Berkeley) safe? May have to walk home at night.?

Asked by Martha Hernandez, Berkeley, CA Sat Jul 28, 2012

I am a second year female college student attending UC Berkeley. Sometimes I have to walk home at night, this neighborhood seems affordable, however since I am new to the area I am not sure how safe it is. Especially if walking alone.

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I lived in Berkeley, but not exactly in that area. But I drive through Alcatraz often. I wouldn't consider it safe for a female college student. If you were my sister or daughter, I would tell you not to walk by yourself at night. I don't have any crime stats, but it feels dark and with not many people in that area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 21, 2013
It is a matter of opinion but you can check the crime stats and decide for yourself. I am not a realtor, rather a resident of Berkeley and I consider it safe but you need to decide for yourself.
Check out the neighborhood at ALL times of day and see if you feel comfortable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 11, 2013
I live right near there. Quite safe, don't worry.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 27, 2012
Great suggestions below.

Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. It’s called “steering” and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer…

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction…

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for Richmond crime statistics, go to the following site:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 6, 2012
3 things you can do: got to and check for what crimes might be occurring. 2) get the names of the beat cops in the area and talk to them, and 3) walk around on a Saturday AM, and talk to neighbors who've been there a while.. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 29, 2012
Good suggestions from the others. i would just add that you should consider talking to the neighbors. Go on the weekend, or just after work, or whenever you can. Neighbors know who plays drums at midnight and whose house got broken into. I encourage all my buyers to do that. Just one more bit of knowledge about your new home and huge financial investment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 29, 2012
Hi, You can visit and click on the city reports section for in-depth cime stats and area demographics. Other options are and callingthe local police dept.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 29, 2012
As a realtor I am strictly forbidden to cast judgements about what is considered "safe" or "unsafe" since it can be somewhat subjective, but I would encourage you to check out websites the give you crime stats like:

You can also call the Berkeley police department directly via phone and ask about crime in specific neighborhoods.

Good luck in your search and let me know if you have any other questions!

John Corten
Better Homes and Gardens | Mason-McDuffie Real Estate
2095 Rose Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94709
DRE # 01902004
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 28, 2012
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