Marlenejamin, Home Buyer in Minneapolis, MN

how is the crime and safey issue?

Asked by Marlenejamin, Minneapolis, MN Wed Apr 11, 2012

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Susan Hofflander’s answer
Hi, Marlenejamin!
Yes, these are all good answers here. The reason our industry advisers suggest we don't speak to clients about crime rates is because it could be misunderstood that we are trying to "steer" you away or toward a given area because of what WE find acceptable, not based on what YOU find acceptable.

The State of MN Department of Commerce could fine us or take our license away if we step over the line and give information based on some area that could be discriminatory. Sorry!

I, too, suggest you do some research about this on your own for that neighborhood. Websites are easy to find if you run a google search or even make some phone calls to local law enforcement for some direction.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 12, 2012
Here is a link to the Hennepin County crime statistics…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Dec 18, 2014
To get current crime information it's best to contact the local authorities for the area you are considering a move to. You can also talk to neighbors near the home you are considering. Hope this helps!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 8, 2014
if you're the type to be scared of brown people and think everyone who looks different, speaks different or dresses differently than you is beneath you and up to no good then you should not look into purchasing in this area as you will be scared for your life!!! Im born and raised and from this area and I love love love love love love it. If only I could find work in the inner-city so I dont ever have to look at insecure small-minded suburbanites again!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I love this community, we know each other, we share, we're true neighbors nothing like the suburbs. We dont call the police if something looks weird across the street or we see someone we dont know walking by..we smile and say "hello"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 8, 2014
As much as we'd love to discuss this, we are prohibited by law on mentioning crime rates. Several agents here have posted links to neighborhood and police sites that can give you this information.

Willard Hay is near Theodore Wirth Park, a beautiful place, actually larger than Central Park in NYC. There are some really beautiful and classic homes there, with features like original hardwood woodwork, hardwood floors and lots of trees. This area was not affected by last spring's tornado.

Here's the neighborhood's website.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 11, 2012
they're not allowed to mention crime rates but I can assure you this neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in MN but its not a bad area...they have to put criminal somewhere, the truth is the majority of the slumlords in the two most densely populated zip codes in Minneapolis...55411 and 55405 live in the suburbs, the receive the most $$$ from the shelter system so they're allowed to keep eye-sore buildings and because they are the few that will accept individuals and families with higher barriers to self-sufficiency and higher probability of homelessness. Hey every city has 'its" neighborhood and this is ours..dont be scared though. Rather be open-minded to politic behind what you see. Also, know that the majority of offenders are placed back in these areas as these areas are the most loving and forgiving and we believe in 2nd chances also because the location is great for people that need to work rigorous case-plans as there is plenty of access to public transportation
Flag Mon Dec 8, 2014
Your question is one that is difficult for a Realtor to answer, for a number of reasons. As a general rule, we aren't experts on crime or crime statistics, so most of us would just be 'guessing". I'm ":guessing" that there's some level of crime in every community. To get answers to all of your questions, my recommendation would be to contact the police department. Other than that, this might help.
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The best bet is for you to research crime and safety of the neighborhood you are looking in because only YOU can decide what is an appropriate level of safety for a given area.
Minneapolis has a few different reports that you can view online.

Crime maps and statistics can be found here:

There is one interesting report called the "Shots Fired Maps". Minneapolis has a microphone system in place that can triangulate the sound of gunshots and it is reported on this map.

Willard-Hay is in the 4th Precinct as shown on this map:

Also, another great way to keep informed is to sign up for "Crime Alerts" for the neighborhood. With that, the police will send out information on crimes happening in your area. You can sign up for those here:
Specifically for Willard Hay:…
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Everyone has different levels of what they feel is "safe". I always recommend that my clients research this on their own.

The City of Minneapolis has a great resource on their website. I would start there, and then also check with the local area newspaper.
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