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I am looking at homes on Dragonfly Circle in Gateway West. Does anyone know how safe that neighborhood is?

Asked by Dmbfansf, Gateway West, Sacramento, CA Sun Jan 17, 2010

I have seen the crime mapping and noticed a lot of day time burglaries... Can anyone offer an opinion of that area? Looking to possibly buy a home there...

Thanks!

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Ive lived on dragonfly circle since 2004. We've had our fair share of loud and noisy, but never any serious crimes. Once last year a person was arrested in my neighbors backyard but he had ran from down the street. Areas closer to the Atrum court apts appear to have higher crimes at the moment. But Dragonfly Circle is very quiet. Not a lot of kids outside, clean street. I love it here.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 5, 2010
Thanks, Ddiggerms! We are buying the property, so we may be neighbors soon!

:)

Amy
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 5, 2010
DMBFANSF

Bill had a great answer. That 'heebie jeebie" feeling can tell you a lot. Walking around on a Friday and Saturday night is a good time to test your "heebie jeebies".

If you have kids you might want to check out http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov. Also when you are searching the Crime Tracker search several area and some that you know are good for comparing.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 18, 2010
This is a great question...not in that you'll get a satisfying answer, but it prompts a new layer of your investigation. How many daytime burglaries is ok with you? This, along with many other questions, is far too subjective to get meaningful answers.

When my wife and I bought our first home we asked the agent how the schools were...she said 'great'. Later we came to the conclusion they were terrible. At least by our standards.

If you want to get a sense for crime and safety, visit and walk around at different times of day...if you get the heebie jeebie's that may tell you something. You're unlikely to feel better later. Don't be reluctant to call the police or knock on neighbors doors and ask lot's of questions as they would know best such.

I think you'll find real estate agents very cautious about sharing subjective opinions on topics outside their realm of expertise.

Best of luck in your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 17, 2010
Hello home buyer,

Just like home inspections it is important for you to know what the area will bring in form of mischief. As you see it is your responsibility to find out for yourself, not to mention that every area has its own issues in form of crime. Typically I refer my clients (when asked) to this site for their own evalaution.
Use this link http://www.kcra.com/crime/index.html to get more detail by entering the above or any address for area crime activity that has been reported.

Wish you the best and good luck,

Inspector Tom
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 17, 2010
Hello Dmbfansf. Looks like you have done your homework already. Real estate agents, by law, cannot render an opinion on how safe a neighborhood is or whether an area is "good" or "bad." We recommend that prospective buyers contact the local law enforcement and visit their websites. I would also check the Megan's Law website. When it comes to certain things, buyers do need to do their own research and can't rely on the opinion of real estate professionals.
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