IS THIS A SAFE AREA AT NIGHT?

Asked by Patricia Murphy, Sacramento, CA Sat Nov 9, 2013

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Sat Nov 9, 2013
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department 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.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Sue Archer R…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Nov 9, 2013
No official can answer your question as asked. It's against the law and called steering. Even the police cannot answer the question as 'safe' is a relative term.

Rather, Trevolyn mentions the best approach to determining the atmosphere in a neighborhood. Combine those observations with research online (try crimemapper or just google 'crime in ***') and possibly talking to some people who live in the neighborhood for your best assessment.
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Trevolyn Hai…, Agent, Highland, CA
Sat Nov 9, 2013
No matter how 'safe' an area is, crime can be present so it is always important for individuals to be aware of their surroundings and not create an 'easy' target for criminals (they are notoriously lazy).

'Safe' is also a very subjective word which is why agents are ethically bound to not make that determination for others.

I would suggest a few things:

1. The local police dept. can tell you if one area has more crime than another because they have the actual crime stats.

2. Do a 'drive by' on different days and times of the week and especially during the hours you are concerned about.
During those expeditions:
Do you see people out walking their dogs after dark? Especially women.
Do you see kids out playing -while being supervised by an adult?
Do the neighbors seem to be aware of you (a stranger)?

3. Check out the Megan's Law websites -these sites are just to make you aware so don't get too freaked out because I can practically guarantee that every neighborhood no matter how nice has someone on the list.

Hope that helps you...
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No. This area is not safe at night! It is marginally safe in the day....
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deleted, , Trabuco, CA
Tue Feb 4, 2014
THE NUMBER OF CRIME STATS IS NOT WORDED CORRECTLY AND LOOKS LIKE THEY ALL OCCUR ON ONE STREET. BAD STATS AND DEGRADING FOR THOSE WHO LIVE HERE. I'VE REQUESTED THAT THE COMMUNITY SPOKESMAN REVIEW AND PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION. DON'T REPORT IT IF YOUR STATISTICS ARE NOT WELL DEFINED! OBVIOUSLY THOSE MAKING THESE JUDGEMENTS ARE NOT INVESTIGATING DETAILS. GET WITH IT!!!
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