Florida is pretty good about making all information public. Check with the FMPD and LCSO at http://www.fmpolice.com or http://www.sheriffleefl.org.
I moved to Fort Myers from New York City a few years ago.
There are areas that I do not feel comfortable in and other areas that seem very safe.
I suggest you plan to visit for a couple weeks so you can decide which areas feel best for you.
The area I live in now has a very good record on crime; however a few blocks away is not so great!
The crime map on Trulia pulls its statistics from two separate databases and is reliable. It tells you what the different incidents are. However, one of the best ways to get a feel for a neighborhood is to drive through it. Do you see people out walking or jogging, pushing baby strollers, riding their bikes, kids out playing? If there are people out doing that, you may get a sense that people feel safe. Observe the activity in those neighborhoods. Go back at different times of the day. What do you see in the neighborhoods you like? All of these things help people who are moving to a place that is unfamiliar to them. There are places in Lee County I would never in a million years live, yet I know people who say they are very happy living there.
As the others have told you, real estate agents are not allowed to discuss crime statistics with you. You can visit various web-sites, speak with local law enforcement and visit the areas you are considering at different times (during the day, nights and weekends) to get a feel for the neighborhood.
I see lots of Kentucky people have stopped by - I too am originally from Kentucky (born in Paris and raised in Lexington and Richmond) - most of my family members still live there. I have lived in Lee County for almost 24 years and know the area extremely well. Feel free to contact me if you are not already working with a RealtorÂ®. I would love the opportunity to represent you with your purchase.
Terry McCarley, RealtorÂ®, CDPE
Jones & Co Realty
check out the lee county sherrifs website http://www.sheriffleefl.org
this will have the info you need.
The best way, in my opinion, to see if you would like an area is to make a trip down and spend a couple of days driving around the area. Remember, even if we could give you our opinion of "good" or "bad" neighborhoods, there is a good chance that your opinion and our opinion would be different.
Good luck on your search.
Keller Williams Realty
I moved here from KY in 1982. We go back to see some of the family occassionally but most of them have moved here. I would love the opportunity to show you around. I usually like to show my clients many areas of Lee County to help them with deciding which areas best meet their needs. If you would like me to help you then the first step is to set you up with a website that you and I can communicate through and you can recieve daily reports of homes that meet all your criteria. Just go to the link below. Happy to help you when you're ready.
Sarah Garrett, Realtor
ALLIANCE REALTY GROUP
"Chosen Best in Client Satisfaction 2006-2011" by Gulfshore Life Magazine
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