I'm a single woman trying to buy in Santa Clarita and Saugus. Are there any areas I should stay away from for safety?

Asked by Cachita, Saugus, CA Thu Jul 29, 2010

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Alex Meguerd…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Thu Apr 18, 2013
I love the Saugus community being a current resident here I must say there arent many areas that are "bad" the high school is great and the community is outstanding! Your going to love it here!
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I love Saugus as well!
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:) You know your stuff Alex!
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alanpsh, Home Buyer, Saugus, CA
Tue Feb 26, 2013
Here are specifics from someone who has lived in Santa Clarita since 1987. First, Saugus is part of the city of Santa Clarita, as is Valencia, Newhall and Canyon Country. Valencia is the prime real estate, with prices to match. It is a master planned community within the city. Unless you're wealthy enough to purchase a very large estate in the hills of Newhall do not live there. It is the worst part of the city. Areas of Canyon Country are gang ridden. Saugus has few rentals, is very stable and low in crime. The City of Santa Clarita, in its' entirety, has been considered by FBI statistics as one of the safest cities in the country to live in.

Two significant reasons for the low crime rate is that much of the town is built with cul-de-sacs, making it difficult to navigate for robberies. Second, many from the LAPD don't want to raise their families in Los Angeles, so they, along with lots of LA firemen live here. Another reason is that we all watch out for each other as a community.

As a single woman, find a suitable home, then talk to neighbors. They're always going to be kind, considerate and helpful to you here in our city.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Thu Jul 29, 2010
If you are concerned about crime, your best source of information is the local police department, why not visit/call and ask all your questions, they'll gladly help and you will have heard all firsthand--keep in mind that opinions are often subjective--if you are not familiar with the areas--visit the neighborhood several times and at different times of day to get a sense of belonging. Check out area statistics; real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached.
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Dadatwork, Home Buyer, Newhall, CA
Wed Jan 19, 2011

First, what would you expect from a site full of brokers and agents? Forget calling LASD, they won't give you the information you are looking for. Go to http://www.crimereports.com and type in the address of the place you want to live. LASD files all crime reports on that site. Be sure to check all the "crime type" categories you are interested in seeing, as well as the registered offenders check box. I use that site every day.

Some free advice from someone living in Newhall and looking to buy myself. You want to steer away from the Jake's way area of Canyon Country - too much gang and crime influence. I wouldn't recommend downtown Newhall near Walnut or Hart High school as all the day laborers hang out down there all day - and they aren't afraid to leer and make comments in Spanish as you walk by. I'd also beware of the Delight street area of Canyon County (i.e., Whites Canyon/Soledad) - while I'm not afraid to live in a predominately Mexican neighborhood - the houses are junk for the price, the crime rates are much higher and the traffic congestion is very bad. I'd recommend googling this same question and staying away from the realty sites as most Agents would sooner cut off their right arm than say what I just did (its a living - like car sales, just don't ask the salesman for the truth, ask other owners of the car). Good luck.


A fellow house hunter
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Beware of white people who most of them love cocaine and owns arsenal of gun's also they with a smile may rape your children and flee in a spree leaving behind all kinds of people shoot to death ! potraying themselves as spider man batman or iron man! that is a lot more scary than people speaking spanish!
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Cheryl Garner, Agent, Valencia, CA
Wed Dec 8, 2010
I would speak with the local police department. Police departments have a lot of free resources regarding each city. Do a google seach on the cities in Santa Clarita. Speak with people that live in the community you want to live it.

Call me at (661) 255-3335 if I can be of further assistance.

Cheryl Garner, Mortgage Expert
Fairview Mortgage Capital, Inc.
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Fred Griffin, , Tallahassee, FL
Fri Sep 3, 2010
Greetings from Florida, Cachita.

The Realtors who responded gave you the best advice - contact the Police or Sheriff or other Law Enforcement Agencies in the areas that you are considering, and get reports and statistics from them.

I also salute those who responded, because they did not discuss anything based on sex or familial status, which is prohibited by the Federal Fair Housing Law (The Fair Housing Amendments Acts of 1968).

Attached is the Link to the HUD Equal Opportunity / Fair Housing Poster
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Sharon Lajer,…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Fri Sep 3, 2010
Hello Cachita,
Santa Clarita has a good reputation for low crime. However, there are always going to be areas that have higher crime stats than others, and that can change over time. Your best best is to talk to our local Sheriff's Department and there are crime statistics on the internet. The website for the Sheriff's is:
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Brad Marckwa…, , Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Jul 30, 2010
Hi Cachita,

Area crime rates can be a factor in considering where to live. You can feel confident that Santa Clarita year after year is one of the safest cities in the country according to statistics. Indeed, it is one factor that motivated me to move from the San Fernando Valley twenty years ago and should be one of your considerations when making that purchase decision. However, there are other important factors to consider when making an home purchase such as schools, proximity to employment, price and of course housing needs and styles. As a Santa Clarita residential broker since 1988, I have extensive knowlege of housing in our community. Feel free to contact me to further discuss your personal needs.
Brad Marckwardt
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Pelin Guzel, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Jul 29, 2010
The best way is to talking with the local police department and here is a helpful website that you can talk with residents from the area http://www.city-data.com

Hope it helps & Good Luck

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Joe Nernberg, , Calabasas, CA
Thu Jul 29, 2010
Hi Cachita,

Great posts and very useful information. The Santa Clarita Valley is a wonderful reputation for low crime and very well planned community. I like the areas where McBean and Valencia Blvd cross.
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BOB Khalsa, Agent, Newhall, CA
Thu Jul 29, 2010
Hello Cachita:

As mentioned below the most reliable answer to your question will be from the Sheriff's office. The office is located at the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Valencia Blvd. Jane has given you two web site links for the police department. The first one is correct. Saugus, being a community of the City of Santa Clarita does not have its own police department.

If you have any other questions feel free to call.

Bob Khalsa
United America Realty
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Kim Pape, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Thu Jul 29, 2010
The crime rate in Santa Clarita is very low compared to living in other cities around us. You can always go onto the SCV Sheriffs web site to get true answers. This is one reason you should find and use a realtor that you trust so as you are looking at properties, you both can trust your gut with what you are seeing.

As a Former LAPD Officer and a women, I completely understand the gut feelings you need when viewing a property and the neighborhood. Feel free to contact me via email at kimpape@me.com or directly by phone at 661-212-2032 and I will gladly speak to you more about this issue.
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Thu Jul 29, 2010
Cachita: Check with the local police departments there. Here are the websites for both: Santa Clarita: http://scvsheriff.com/ and Saugus: http://www.sauguspd.com/

They will have the most up to date and accurate information regarding crime statistics.

Also, check out City-Data, for a public forum that has a Question and Answer section!

Good Luck!

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