First is what you buying is the neighborhood, if it is bad, it has very little remedy. A house you can always fix up in any way you like. What I do for my clients, is I walk and drive the neighborhood my clients are interested in to buy and if I find any trace of graffiti on walls, specially garage access from an alley. I tell my clients to get a local Police report, for the area and in most cases it is free.
The following website can give you more information as well:
Our recommendation is to be in touch with the local police department or county sheriff's department. they have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
This is a very good question. I always recommend to my clients that they phone the police dept for this information. To put things in perspective, you may want to contact the police where you currently live to compare statistics.
Best of luck with your home search,
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