Crime rates are one of many important things to consider when purchasing. It is important to feel safe and secure in your home. Another important thing to consider is that every buyer eventually becomes a seller. My buyers live in their new homes an average of 6 to 9 years. I use a tool (Price / Trend Index) to indicate what your new home may sell for in the future. This is a major investment. It is important to buy in an area where prices are trending up. Your professional Realtor should be able to make appropriate suggestions.
I hope that is helpful.
Brett Hildreth, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Brooklyn Park Resident
There is only so much you can do online. Eventually you need to drive neighborhoods and decide for yourself.
But I can say I grew up in Brooklyn Park and have many fond memories of skipping rocks on the Mississippi with my sisters, biking along the trails & playing soccer at the many parks. My mom still lives there and she enjoys monthly potlucks with neighbors and knows everyone on her street (nearly half have lived there since they had their houses built in the '80s but some sold or even sadly foreclosed so there are newer neighbors as well).
Now I help many singles & families buy who also enjoy the same parks, trails, award winning schools & amenities (and now there is so much new development in places that have many restaurants, shopping and services locally that were just fields before). Many people I help sell their houses in Brooklyn Park buy a larger house within the city because they want to stay.
You mentioned enjoying the lakes/running & there are many areas like along the river & many parks that are great for enjoying scenery plus some man made ponds/"lakes" scattered around the city. There are miles of trails such as in the Edinburgh area & the Northern Trail that goes all the way across the city east to west to Champlin (plus a couple resident bridges over highway 252 for safety to connect from other areas ).
For many years, BP has been ranked among the top U.S. cities for National Night Out involvement (some years being ranked #1 but most recently this year #4). Edinburgh golf course has hosted many LPGA tours & holds one of the most prestigious MN PGA tours each year. And there are some foreclosures under $200k in the golf course neighborhood now! Many fellow alum from the U of MN's Housing major work for the city as Redevelopment planners, Neighborhood Preservation Specialists or city inspectors and are so involved & invested in the area.
Good luck in your search! Feel free to just ask if you have other questions here or by contacting an agent!
The best place for information is the local police department. Their reports will the least biased and most accurate.