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Patricia Any…, Home Buyer in Lithonia, GA

What area has a low crime rate in Atlanta?

Asked by Patricia Anyasodor, Lithonia, GA Fri Feb 1, 2013

I am looking to move in Fulton County and I am not sure if the Camp Creek Area is the place to be.

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Trulia has one of the best crime heat maps on the Internet - Check the web reference.

I have a sale under contract in Princeton Lakes, a 600+ home swim/tennis community near the more recently developed area that many refer to as "Camp Creek."

I have talked to the HOA President and the Property Manager - that neighborhood is being run well, and is policed by sheriffs and a private patrol. I know that a few years ago, real estate distress did not help that community with crime issues, but recently the impact of new neighbors and new, stricter bylaws has certainly made the neighborhood a tougher place to commit crime.

Otherwise, all retail areas - and there is at least 1 million of retail just off Camp Creek, OTP - these areas always have higher crime rates. Apartments too...
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Hi Patricia,
Real estate agents are not allowed to comment on a variety of topics. The Fair Housing Act restricts the information that can be provided by a real estate agent.

Off Limit Topics Include:
• Crime Statistic (including questions about whether a neighborhood is good or bad or safe)
• Demographics
• Environmental Concerns
• Household Income
• Religion
• Schools (including questions about how good or bad the school is)

Determining to the answers to questions on any of the topics listed above is something that you would need to do on your own. It is up to the individual to make their own determination about a specific area. If a real estate agent were to comment on such a thing, it could be steering which is a prohibited act.

Some websites to try include:
http://www.crimereports.com

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com

http://www.greatschools.org/

http://www.schoolmatters.com

Reasons Why A Real Estate Agent Cannot Comment
http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=20748062
http://www.fairhousing.com/index.cfm?method=page.display&…
http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2010/12/06/what-a-real-estate…

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Patricia,

It is illegal for real estate agents to give direct opinions about crime rates, however we can suggest how to find the information you want. Camp Creek Pkwy runs from the airport westward through College Park and winds through south Fulton county until it crosses the Chattahoochee and becomes Thornton Road. Needless to say, the type and frequency of crime will vary considerably along the length of the road.

What to do? Google "crime statistics" for the specific neighborhoods or zip codes you are interested in, and check local police department websites. However there is no substitute for doing your own field research. Drive around at different times of day and night. Talk to people you meet walking around the neighborhood or out taking care of their yard. Visit local grocery stores and restaurants, and see if you would be comfortable being around the people you see there.

Best,

Dave Herren
Best Atlanta Properties
404-425-4945
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Because REALTORS are not considered professionals in the knowledge of crime rate we cannot legally speak on statistics. I would recommend contacting the local police. Whenever I show homes to clients I like to make sure that we see a number of homes in the same location. That way a person can get a pretty good feel for the neighborhood and see what their comfort level may be.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me anytime.

Tyler Willis, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta
621 North Ave NE, Suite C-50
Atlanta, GA 30308
Office: (404)541-3500
Direct: (678)656-5524
tylerwillisintown.kwrealty.com
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