Fawzia Tung, Home Buyer in Mesa, AZ

What is the number of crimes that determines a "high" crime rate on your map? How can I find out more about it?

Asked by Fawzia Tung, Mesa, AZ Sat Apr 27, 2013

If an area is colored red, and the details say 2 crimes, 2 violent, 0 non-violent. How can I find out more about it?

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Remember that regardless of what is predetermined, it is all relative. Everyone has a different barometer by which they measure safety. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report is helpful as this will show you the amount of crime, of a particular type of offense, in the nation. After you have an idea of what is more common than other crimes the local police data will make more sense. That map you are speaking of may be going by relativity, meaning if there is very little reported crime, 2 offenses that are violent may seem like a 100% increase, thus making crime "high". Keep in mind that most crimes go unreported so there would not be any data including those. Even if the police told you, it may or may not make you feel safe. It is all relative. The Trulia map lists 40+ crimes as high.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 1, 2013
No one can tell someone else if an area they should feel safe in. Since that is such a matter of perspective, someone growing up in the inner city may feel completely safe in an area where someone from a rural area not. That can also run the complete opposite .The Arizona Ass. Of Realtors has an Arizona buyers guide that will help anyone making a move in Arizona with their Due Diligence with include crime stats and school whicj you can find here. http://www.aaronline.com/2013/01/buyer-advisory/. I also suggest driving the neighborhood, speak with some of the people out and about.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 28, 2013
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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