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jerryisahazz…, Home Buyer in Charlotte, NC

is the oakdale neighborhood safe ? Thats where the womans home was busted into and she was raped and robbed last week.

Asked by jerryisahazzard, Charlotte, NC Mon Nov 12, 2012

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Good morning, Jerry:
If you are in Charlotte, you can also call 311 ask for police non-emergency and talk to the officer who patrols this area. You might want to go and knock on doors of the neighbors and ask them how they feel about the neighborhood. They will probably tell you what they REALLY think of the neighborhood and you will have a first hand honest answer. You might also want to review the Trulia blog How to Choose a Neighborhood - Signs of Good and Bad Neighborhoods" (link below) If you appreciate an answer, please give thumbs up. For the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
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This is definitely not a question for Realtors. We are bound by Federal Fair Housing Laws and are unable to pass judgment on the relative safety, or lack thereof, of any area or neighborhood. You can do your own homework by checking out crime stats on http://www.Charmeck.org. You can also call 311 for guidance as to where to find the most detailed information. As mentioned earlier, some of the best information will come from the folks that live in the area. Drive through on the weekend when you'll have the greatest chance of finding people out and about. Ask them how they like living in the neighborhood and if they feel safe there. Good luck! Kathleen Turner
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 12, 2012
This is a tough question for a realtor to answer becuase of the laws that we are bound by. We are not allowed to steer someone toward a specific neighborhood or away form a neighborhood. The safety of a neighborhood is subjective to a person individual feeling about the neighborhood.

I recommend that you call the local Charlotte police depoartment and ask them about the neighborhood and the crime statitistics for the neighborhood.

Another avenue is to go to the cmpd.org website and type in the address and see what crimes took place in the neighborhood.

Last I have advised potential clients to go and knock on doors of the neighbors and ask them how they feel about the neighborhood. They have nothing to gain or lose by telling you what they think of the neighborhood and the safety in it...so you will probably get an honest answer form them.

I hope this helps and wish i could be of more assisitance to you...

Dave diCecco
Coldwell Banker United
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 12, 2012

Realtors have to be careful how we answer these important questions. If we say a neighborhood is unsafe, then we can be accused of red-lining or blackballing a neighborhood.

My suggestions are:

1. Check with the local police department about crime stats for that neighborhood. Ask about that crime specifically- Did the victim know the assailant? etc.
2. Google any specific address to see what comes up.
3. Talk to the neighbors to find out about crime watch programs and their impression of safety.
4. See how many of the houses have alarm systems or dogs.
5. Check the sex offender registry to see who lives in the neighborhood.
6. Look at the street lighting to see if it is adequate.
7. Buy an interior lot because these lots are safer anywhere.

Happy Veterans Day,
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