I think most people breaking into a house are going to be more interested in being undetected. Generally they will try to find an unlocked/open window or door, or they'll try to pick a lock if they know how to. I've never heard of anyone just busting down a door, as this would likely get the cops called a lot more quickly. If you're worried about this though, you might want to look into adding some extra security measures. I would definitely suggest having a basic alarm system, and a camera if you're concerned about home invasion. You might want to get even more than that though. Talk to the company you buy from to see what they offer.
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) 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/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
I would just like to provide a recent update on this area for any future home buyers/renters. I recently moved into this area (within the past 6 months) and have found it to be an excellent area to live in! The major con is the noise from the trains going by, but if you can find a good unit that is not close to the tracks (i.e. across from 16th St/17th St) you will be very happy!
The are has a very mixed community, between students and professionals. I have found my neighbors to be respect, and have never felt unsafe running/walking in the area. Being close to Atlantic Station is a huge plus! You can walk to get groceries and shop at Target, or any of the other stores in the area. Overall, I have been an extremely satisfied renter in the Atlantic Station area and am strongly considering buying a condo in this area!
As mentioned, contact your local police department. They can give you all the stats for particular areas. You can ask neighbors, but keep in mind everyone has a different view on what they consider safe. Good luck.... more
Couldn't find 169 Pennwood on the map. Are you talking about Atlanta, GA near the Edgewood Retail Shops or off of Edgewood ave? Near Edgewood Avenue is relatively safe. Lots of shops and restaurants. Near Edgewood Retail is questionable, there have been a few shootings int eh past few months but the neighbors have really banned together to make the neighborhood safer.... more
I think with two small children you should look in the East Cobb, Roswell areas. Both have excellent schools and if you venture in to Roswell it has one of the Best Parks and Recreaction Departments in the Country. If you need a referral to a local agent familiar with your areas or help with mortgage financing give me a call on my cell phone I am available 7 days a week and after hours.
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One of the best places to get a lot of detail are the neighborhood organization websites. If you're not already a member, become one and then post a question on their public safety forum. You are likely to get much more information about the details of any incidents than you would get from public records.
However, there is a website which lists incidents by address based on police reports. Check out: https://www.crimereports.com/ You type in the address in question and it lists incidents at and very near that address.
Secondly, define the types of crimes you are measuring - property crimes and violent crimes are different, beat for beat, and quite often retail centers and bar/restaurant districts can skew the numbers of the quiet, tree lined street neighborhoods nearby.
Third - What exactly are you attempting to gauge with your question? Is this about real estate value, or some other matter?
Fourth - check the web reference for Trulia's excellent Crime beta site.
Fifth - when you really break it down, the facts are zone by zone, and the most telling data is in the beat books at each zone office. APD manages 6 zones and a Major commands each zone. Connecting with the zone for facts and information is as easy as walking in and asking questions or as easy as attending events like neighborhood association meetings where officers discuss crime with neighbors on a regular basis. http://www.atlantapd.org/findmyzone.aspx... more