I am interested in a property in this area.Please inform me of safety of neighborhood

Asked by annie18756, Hicksville, NY Mon Feb 25, 2013

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Mon Feb 25, 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.
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Laura Feghali, Agent, Stamford, CT
Mon Feb 25, 2013
Hello Annie,
Real estate agents are not allowed to comment on whether a neighborhood is considered safe. All we can do is suggest options for you to investigate and determine that information yourself.
I suggest that you contact the local police department to hear first-hand what types of crime and the amount of activity occur there.

Here is the link to the Nassau County police department's website which you may find helpful.


And here is a link on crime data that may be of interest:


Best wishes!

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
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Thomas Brady, Agent, Plainview, NY
Mon Feb 25, 2013
Hi Annie, I'm a retired police lieutenant, do not contact the local police department for information, you'll end up with someones opinion. Google Hicksville NY crime data and you'll have a wealth of inofmation, just check to make sure where they are taking their data from. You want facts, not opinions.
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This question often comes up when folks are moving into a new area. The easiest and the fastest way to find out nowadays is to do an extensive on line search. There are portals that will give you ample information. Best of luck to you.
Flag Fri Sep 19, 2014
Hi Laura, most police departments don't have the manpower or time to run routine inquiries from potential home buyers, you get someone sitting on the desk's opinion of the area they work in. Imagine in bust areas if the police departments had lines of people seeking crime information, no work would get done. Accurate information is readily available on line. If your police department actually takes the time and assigns someone to look through the data in their area and then compare it to other areas, that would be the exception not the rule.
Flag Wed Feb 27, 2013
Tom, I'm surprised by your response as agents in my area have been told to have our clients check with the local police who can look up the crime records they have on file. These are not opinions but facts on file. Please, explain. Thanks! Laura
Flag Mon Feb 25, 2013
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