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Is Azure Street in sunnyvale a safe place? Trulia crime map shows that the surrounding places in red and yellow? How does it factor into its safety?

Asked by a, Sunnyvale, CA Mon Jun 10, 2013

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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
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2010/03/no_steering_…

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction
http://sanleandrotimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&…

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for crime statistics, go to the following sites:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/sunnyvale/crime/
https://www.crimereports.com
http://www.spotcrime.com
http://www.nixle.com/
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
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If you zoom in on the area shown in Trulia's crime map, dots appear which if you put your mouse cursor on top of, show the reported crime: petty theft, vagrant, suspicious person, disturbance/family, muni code violation, and 415 other. I don't see any information given by the map that would make me worried.

Sunnyvale real estate information at http://julianalee.com/sunnyvale.htm

Areas with a denser population, either residents or shoppers, will generally have a higher density of crime. Thus business districts and high density housing are more like to show as high crime areas even though the percentage of people committing crimes isn't necessarily any higher.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 11, 2013
Lets not make this a bigger issue, than it is. This buyer is asking about SAFETY, not demographics. If a client asks my opinion about an area, and if I feel its safe or not, I don't dodge the question and tell them to figure it out themselves. If I am familiar with the area I give them my opinion and let them decide for themselves. Yes, its subjective, but everyone has an opinion. If I know about specific robberies or crimes that have been committed in the neighborhood, I am obligated to tell them.

Yes, you should be careful in your answer to NOT STEER, but I think pointing out that there are apartments nearby, or if there is a commercial center that brings a lot of traffic into the neighborhood, these are honest opinions that the buyer should know and point out. If a realtor can help them, then they should.

Lets be clear on what STEERING is:

Steering is the practice of divulging data for the purpose of influencing a buyer’s decision to live or NOT live in any area. In reality, it’s a violation of the Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968). As REALTORS®, it’s important that we avoid steering our clients where to or not to purchase a home based on race, religion or sexual preference or other demographic categories.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 11, 2013
Hi A,
Check http://www.CrimeReports.com to see the exact locations and type of activity at those locations. Click the tab to toggle between "Incidents" and "Sex Offenders" Click on the check box "Show Sex Offender Images" if you want to see what the sex offenders look like.

Is it a safe place? Well, just like anything it's all subjective and relative. You should run the same CrimeReports.com on an address that you consider safe, then compare vs. Azure Street.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 11, 2013
Ditto to Carl.

I don't know the crime map for Trulia, however if you visit http://www.CrimeReports.com you can get more specifics on the activity in the area.

Safety is subjective. And what is acceptable to one may not be acceptable to another. Maybe one crime worries one person more than a different type or level of crime for another.

You can visit the community at all hours of day and night, weekdays and weekends, and talk with neighbors and local retail. With that information you should be able to determine if the neighborhood is fit for you.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 11, 2013
That's interesting. When I click on the Trulia Crime map it doesn't even have an entry for Sunnyvale! Can you give me the link so I can check it for myself? I live across from Azure St, near Las Palmas park.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 10, 2013
I have sold two homes in that neighborhood in the last 5 years. One on Azure the other on Cirrus. Both of my clients were older couples, that were leaving the area. They we were very sweet, and during the open houses I met a number of neighbors who loved their neighborhood.

I personally think its a good neighborhood and safe as well. With that in mind there are some apartments nearby, and that may be the reason for concern.
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