But don't just take it from me, Ray the Realtor. I spent several years as a Deputy Sheriff in Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, & Rancho Cucamonga & then more as a Police Officer in Pomona. When it comes to gangs and crime, I've seen it all. When I take buyers out to show homes, the things I look for that many don't notice are the telltale signs of crime. Many times, when buying a home, the excitement can block your view of things that I notice right away. And I use my particular set of skills, education, expertise and experience to help my clients find the right place to live.
Take a drive around at different times of the day and night and on weekends, especially Friday and Saturday nights. Go to the police station and ask to speak with the officer that handles that beat during swing shift. He or she can give you far more insight than anyone else here.
Also, take a look at the following website for more detailed info on crime in this and any other area you may be interested in:
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Ray Wright, Real Estate Pro in Riverside County, CA
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In relation to your smog post, I've been waiting for the smoke to clear before commenting again. It sounds like that one poster is a very disgruntled person and is taking it out on everyone else.
It applies not only for Hemet, but for every town everywhere! I sent it to my family so they will understand crime and registered sex offenders in relation to their properties. I was shocked to see the crime stats in San Diego, Temecula, San Jose, Denver and Cincinnati areas and suburbs.
On a thread I posted relating to smog, I got some responses of crime. In our home search in Hemet, (to be closer to family), we were shown areas that showed definite signs of crime and poverty. We previewed many homes with our realtor, and one was a dream, BUT there was graffiti on their wall. BAD sign! There are many lovely areas of Hemet, and we have an offer on one such property. It's a short sale and we are waiting for approval.
One responder on my smog question mentioned all the stolen and keyed cars & RV's on his street. What happened to locking your cars in your garage? I would never live on a street where cars were parked on the street and expect no crime! That is an invitation for sure! They might as well put signs on their cars "Steal Me!" No fence? No gate? No Security System? No guard dog? "Come and get me, I'm helpless!"
It doesn't matter where you move. Crime is everywhere. Think of the news stories. The dude that created the havoc at Sandy Hook lived in an affluent neighborhood. He was someone without a criminal record. Then there are other crimes where neighbors are in shock! "He seemed so nice.." We can't escape it, but we need to choose carefully.
I appreciated your explanation of your background and the fact that you have shared it with us! Thank you!