Uriel Flores, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

Is this a gang infested area?

Asked by Uriel Flores, Chicago, IL Tue Feb 7, 2012

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Have you attended a local CAPS meeting? Check at your local police station for location and times. The CPS crime stats web page is http://gis.chicagopolice.org/. There are various other sites to look at as well such as http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/ and http://www.chicago.everyblock.com/crime/.

No matter how much crime you find there to be in your area you will also want to check out the crime list for some area you may think of as "safe" or "better". You may be surprised to find that there is crime anywhere you look.
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Are you looking at living in the neighborhood? Do you have a home in mind? IS it convenient for your work/schools/family/etc? Drive by the area you are interested in at different times of the day and you should get an idea as to whether this is an area you would feel comfortable living in.
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I saw in Trulia's crimes report, it says some neighborhood has lots of: Larceny, vandalism, burglary, theft of lawn care equipments or other personal electronic items, accident to property like a car drove into a house/store/restaurant/business/govement building/warehouse, graffity, hardwood floor being scratch damaged so bad by moving furnitures; broken pipe burst due to no heat in house; copper pipe or wires in house being cut to sell,...etc...

So, if any one see any of these problems in your own home or in your neighborhood, please let me know, I can try to find money to help you repair/replace missing/damage/broken items in your home. Text me Cell: 773-416-4665.

Have a great day!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 26, 2012
Depends on how many empty bags of flamin' hot cheetos you find on the street.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 9, 2012
Among the many Trulia offerings is this section called Local Info. The page purports to offer stats on crime. There are similar offerings by local police departments and newspapers.
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When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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I do not know why you are asking this question but, this is a loaded questions! I will take a shot at it, no pun intended. Yes, there is gangs in the area, some parts are worst than others but, like most neighborhoods in Chicago things change block by block., there is some blocks/areas with no gangs. I lived there 9 years until recently, my young children still live there with there mom and I work in the area.

My concern for the my kids safety is the same as if we are walking downtown, Linclon Park or other areas. I am sure that my concerns will change as they get older but, overall it is okay. Take Deb Russcol comments and advice below, check out her links and that will give you a picture.

I like the area with a great mixture of cultures and venues minutes away and the park is an asset like few in the city. Good luck in your search.
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You most likely won't, or "shouldn't", get an answer on this from a licensed real estate agent. Although it's a VERY, understandably, common question - answering this could be construed as "steering" clients. It's illegal for licensed agents to "steer" you to other neighborhoods by suggesting that certain areas are unsafe, of a specific ethinic makeup, etc. My suggestion - search for crime statistics online, check with the local police, or ask around to neighbors and residents in the area. Hope this helps!
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As realtors we cannot really answer the question. But my best advice would be to drive the area you are referring to and also call local police and find out the crime statistics.
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infested is a strong word.. here is the question.. can a 16 year old kid walk up and down your streets without being hassled with "gang" type of situations.. I know the answer- I have walked through your neighborhood..you tell me what you think..its not that tough of a thing to determine.
Web Reference: http://www.joeschiller.net
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We as agents cant comment on this sort of thing. If you are interested in finding out whether a place is right for you, check it out yourself. Go there at different times of the day and night and on weekends. You can also check out crime by block com as well.
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We cannot make comments as to which areas are "gang infested". This is a subjective determination you need to make based on some of the helpful hints posted below
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