Nice and safe is all based on what you consider nice and what you consider safe. As real estate brokers, if you ask us about crime rates, we can provide you with local public information that we receive from the police departments.
The way I assist my clients in determining whether a neighborhood is "nice" is to literally drive around with them and show them the neighborhood they are purchasing or renting in. Visit the areas in the day time, night time and during during the weekends. This will give you a good sense for traffic and evening activities.
If I can help you in any other way, please feel free to contact me directly.
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However, I've come to know the area and I love it! Less congestion and traffic when compared to LA.
Its close to and has everything i.e. freeway, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, convenient to everything including the freeway.
I always thought it was 'way out there' when compared to LA, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. Air quality from what I can tell is pretty good too.
We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.
What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.
I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.
In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.
Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.
As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?
So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.
So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.