http://www.bestplaces.com for crime stats
I hope this helps.
Remember - statistics may not lie - but they are only as good as the input source they came from.
The online references can be a good tool, but you have to be careful & look how they breakdown the stats...having someone report a that there home was tee-peed by High School kids is much different than a serious crime. Some areas will literally report everything while other areas will not report more serious crimes.
The U.S. Census Bureau has a very useful web site which provides data on a variety of deomographic topics pertaining to a specific locale. Please see below.
they provide more data up to the zip code/neighbourhood or around a single
property address. they seem real innovators in making the crime data available
to the public.
http://www.city-data.com and http://www.melissadata.com are a real waste
in this respect. They just repeat the date from FBI's univernal crime report
data which is available at state and city level only...and the data
is from 2007. http://www.city-data.com comes quite often in my real estate
searches and I usually find outdated information there.
my 2 cents.
Trulia has crime statistics in our Stats & Trends section. The stats are broken down by property crime and violent crime and you can compare the city averages to the county and state averages as well. You can access this information for the Fort Worth area via the link below and if you'd like to see this information for other areas, use the dropdown menu next to the search box above and select Stats & Trends. Then enter your location and hit search. You'll find the crime information under our Community Info section.
The best place to find crime statistics is to talk to the local police department. Their site should have crime statistics by neighborhood.
I would also check http://www.mengans-law.net for local sex offender registry.
I am sure they faithfully report everything they are told. The problem is that they rely upon local police departments to be forthcoming. When I did a search, it was VERY revealing. According to the crimereports.com search, there were two cities, side-by-side, that had almost zero crime at all for the last month. The ONLY reports that showed up were "agency assist" events. These events were from two other cities that were just north of the "crime free" side by side cities. Oddly enough, the road that formed the border between the two "crime-free" cities and their northern neighbors was an almost impenetrable barrier to all crime of all kinds! That's right. As soon as one crossed this road, crime happened! South of the road, NO CRIME HAPPENED!
The reality was that all the reports north of the "magic road" also were made by the two police departments that reported the agency assists south of the "magic road". Thus, the "crime free" cities simply weren't reporting their incidents to crimereports.com. There is no law requiring them to.
Contact the local law enforcement agencies. They will be very honest to citizen requests, even if they don't bother sending off their details to commercial web sites that profit from their data and give nothing in return.
"High crime" can mean, as in this case, "Half a mile away, past the computer startup with the six acre parking lot, past the 20 acre car dealership, on the other side of a four lane highway, there is a hotel used for drug deals."
Trulia marks almost all of Houston as, "high crime," for the same reasons. It's only as accurate as your reading of their maps.
Hope this helps
Your best and most reliable source of information will come from the County Sheriff's Dept or the City Police Dept. Most will be able to give you up to date stats and even could advise if the neighborhood or area you are looking at has had recent "problems." Another good source is the Chamber of Commerce.
Hope this assists you.
Alysia Maher, Realtor, Broker Associate
Beverly-Hanks & Assoc.
Western North Carolina
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The bery best way is to contact the police department or the sheriff's office, whichever has juristiction. Do not trust the web. It is not very accurate.
Hope this helps you get the most accurate information that is available.
Debbie Albert. PA
Coldwell Banker Residential