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.
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...
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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.
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