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Jeffrey Strom, Home Buyer in Charlestown, MA

Does anyone know where crime statistics by neighberhood are available for Boston?

Asked by Jeffrey Strom, Charlestown, MA Sun Dec 2, 2007

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Hi there-

Some stats are available on Trulia: http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Boston-Massachusetts/commu…
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The local PO department is the most accurate and up to date.
Try this website http://www.zipskinny.com
Also Realtors have acces to reports that break down everything for you. If you wish just e-mail me with your the name of the place and I can PDF the info to you. But again the local PO is the best source.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 7, 2007
The City of Boston PD has this info for free at the following link:
http://www.cityofboston.gov/police/pdfs/Dec05.pdf

Most city PD's have this info available online by the way.

If you're in Charlestown as your Trulia Name suggests, then you probably know that Boston's crime statistics can be somewhat misleading. Crime statistics that blanket an entire neighborhood like Roxbury 02119 might make all of Roxbury appear to be dangerous. But pockets of Roxbury like Fort Hill and Mission Hill are actually quite safe. The South End 02118 is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in town, but then there's also a number of homeless shelters, methadone clinics and public housing projects scattered around the South End. High numbers of auto break-ins on desolate Harrison Ave and high rates of assault in the housing projects can skew the statistics for the entire neighborhood.

The Key: Get a broker who truly knows the intricacies of the specific Boston neighborhood where you're interested in buying property. Boston brokers are not legally permitted to tell you if a neighborhood is considered safe, but a good broker knows how to talk around the issue.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 3, 2007
You can purchase this information from a company called 'DemograpicsNow" I won't pretend it's cheap, but it's the best source I've found for almost accurate (but not totally accurate) information. The other source you might try is your local Sherriff's deparment but as a rule, I have not found them coorperative in this area. You might be more lucky that I have been.
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