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Crime & Safety in Chicago : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Aug 13, 2017
Linda answered:
When looking at the report it seem that the crimes are blocks away from the property in question sometimes in a whole other zip code,so when looking for your next apartment I suggest that you ride by day and night to get a feel for the neighborhood , the people and activity on the street where you want to live.For the most part ALL people want to live in a clean and safe environment,You can find out exactly where these crimes are taking place so that when you do move you can feel secure in your decision. ... more
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Thu Dec 22, 2016
Andrew Carpenter answered:
I have seen the Trulia heat map goes back 9 months. I don't know if it goes back further but I can tell you that Spot Crime allows you to choose any time period you want to show you what crimes were committed. It also shows a marker for each crime so you know what happened not just a color. Shootings are much more important than vandalism to me personally so I want to know where there have been shootings. If you want any help with real estate questions feel free to reach out to me. ... more
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Wed Oct 19, 2016
tony rome answered:
This is a rough area but there are a lot of cops around, it's up and coming and with the Obama library property value will go up very quickly if your buying. I know a white lawyer who jogs every night around 2am which I wouldn't feel comfortable doing but he says he feels safer here than when he lived in Lincoln park. So it's changing quickly but the surrounding area is rough. ... more
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Sat Apr 23, 2016
Renee Ross answered:
Yes there is a lot of crime in this area ,lots of shootings
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Fri Jun 5, 2015
Margaret Waggoner answered:
I live in Lincoln Park. It's a family community and I have had no problem with crime for the year that I've lived here. It is also very quiet at night, much better than the downtown area. The only problem that I've had is some jerk who kept shooting off fireworks at 1 in the morning for THREE nights in a row. But hell, I got that in the suburbs as well. ... more
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Wed May 6, 2015
Mike Opyd answered:
A lot of what you'll find on here is out of date unfortunately. Have your Realtor send you up to date info.
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Wed May 6, 2015
Mark Malave answered:
Everyone has a different opinion as to what is "safe" so as Realtors we really can't comment since it can be considered steering. I always advise people to actually visit the area and go to a public place like a restaurant and see what you think for yourself. Chicago is an enormous city, so there is a great diversity in housing choices and people. Personally, that's what I love about living and working here. ... more
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Realtors cannot answer that question. I suggest you check incident reports and police reports. If you search online you will find them.
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Mon Mar 2, 2015
Eve Benton answered:
As many have stated, Brokers can not advise as to whether an area is "safe" or not. In addition to the other resources provided, check out It couldn't hurt to attend the next CAPS meeting.

Eve Benton
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Sun Feb 8, 2015
Peg Wolfe answered:
I'd avoid it were I you. Lots of gang and drug-selling activity in the Howard/Damen area. It's seedy and dangerous. I never, ever walked after nightfall if at all possible, and since parking in this congested area is terrible, it's necessary at times. And "Crystal's" answer to your question is nonsensical and downright inflammatory. This part of Rogers Park is steadily deteriorating, with respect to crime and related issues. I had my condo burglarized AND vandalized in separate incidents, and my car vandalized twice.

(I am a former resident of this specific neighborhood, not a Realtor.)
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Wed Feb 4, 2015
Matt Laricy answered:
You can always look up crime at the website
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
dirk gould answered:
Michael Mazek. I have referred about 50 clients to him and everyone has been very impressed with both service, accessibility and price.
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Fri Dec 19, 2014
donnar927 answered:
I live in Dunning. 25 years. Love it here and highly recomment. Quiet, peaceful, low crime rate. Most crime is residential/garage break-in type. We had our first murder in 20 years. It was husband/wife murder suicide. ... more
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Thu Dec 18, 2014
Matt Laricy answered:
You can check out stuff on crimes by
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Mon Dec 15, 2014
Sonja.Solberg answered:
I love Uptown. I live here, I bought here and I feel safe. I am a single woman who lives with two small dogs and a cat...I use the Red Line frequently. I do not feel any less safe than I did when I lived in River north or on Michigan avenue. This is the city and you have to be aware - no matter what neighborhood you are in. ... more
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Wed Dec 3, 2014
Matt Laricy answered:
I would go and ask a few neighbors. You can research the community online as well.
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Jessie Pinkham answered:
The area falls into the East Hyde Park area, and benefits from the proximity of the lake, transportation to downtown, and the presence of the University of Chicago. I recommend that you visit, you will see that it is a great area and neighborhood. ... more
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Wed Jul 23, 2014
mhw20854 answered:
Raw Crime rates, while important, may give misleading information. Some neighborhoods have recently had a financial fraud artist with some assistants or someone who created counterfeit passports who live in that neighborhood. Their crime, while despicable, doesn't really affect the neighborhood but does bump up the raw crime rate.

A good way to look at things is to visit local merchants and see what kind of anti crime measures and devices they have. If they have security bars on the window, that's a bad sign. If they don't, its a good sign.
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Sat Jun 21, 2014
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Fri Jun 20, 2014
Seth Captain answered:
Leave an old cell phone on the sidewalk outside a store.


Then factor in the amount of time it took for the phone to disappear, whether it was returned to the nearest store, and whether your webcam is still there.

This should help.
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