Is this an area I will feel safe in?

Asked by Emily, Grand Rapids, MI Wed Sep 18, 2013

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Brek Schutten, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Wed Sep 18, 2013
Feeling safe is relative to each individual. The best way to determine how you feel about an area is to drive through the area at different points during the day. You can also take a look at crime mapping sites to see recent crimes that have occurred in the area.
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Wayne Wu, Agent, Grandville, MI
Wed Sep 18, 2013
Hi Emily,

"Feeling safe" is a relative term to most people. One person's idea of a safe neighborhood can differ greatly from another based upon their experience. As Realtors, we are discouraged from making generalized statements about neighborhoods and crime rates, as we are not considered "experts" who can give this type on information. This is why you are receiving referral information to contact the local police department for more detailed information. The only problem is that most police personnel do not feel comfortable making generalized statements about the crime or safety of a neighborhood, as crime trends can often be short-lived and give the wrong impression.

The location that you have questions about lies within the North Service Area of the Grand Rapids Police Department, one of the most professional law enforcement organizations in the nation. The commander of this area is Captain Pete McWatters (616-456-3877). They have developed a crime mapping tool for your use. It is located at It is a fairly user-simple interface.

Please feel free to contact me if you require any additional assistance or resources.
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Leotie M., Home Buyer, Grand Rapids, MI
Wed Oct 30, 2013
You can drive thru the area like someone said BUT now that I am laid-off I notice that during the day the area I live in is very quiet BUT at nights on weekends bullets fly, I have six bullet holes in the side of this house and the landlord won't fix the wall and window. I used Tape! I am looking to move ASAP once I find a home in a safe area! Good Luck To you!
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Pam Bava, Agent, Rochester, MI
Wed Oct 30, 2013
I also suggest you contact the local police or chat with someone in the neighborhood

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Rob Stogsdill, Agent, Grand Rapids, MI
Wed Sep 18, 2013
All I can tell you is to drive the area a few times at different times of the day and night to see if you like it or not. You can also go to to look up stats on the crime mapping report.
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Robert Grond…, Agent, Belmont, MI
Wed Sep 18, 2013
Emily - You should always call the police department of an area you want to live in. They can tell you all about the the area. Let me know if I can help you buy a home.
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Emily, I agree with going to the crimemapping sites listed above and driving around the area at different times of day and night. Also, in addition to contacting the police chief in that area, look at the neighborhood within a few blocks of the house you want to buy. Are homes painted, well-kept, yards neat or are they junky? Are there cars parked in the front yard? Knock on a few doors in the area. Talk to residents who are gardening or taking walks. Ask the mailman in that area. Mailmen can tell you the age of most people in the area and give you an honest opinion about the area. Use this site, Trulia. You can put in an address, click on Crime or Crimes and see what the crimes have been in the neighborhood. Ask relatives or co-workers you trust who live in that area. Use your gut instinct. Would you feel comfortable visiting friends in that neighborhood and parking your car there after dark? Or carrying your own groceries from your car to your home after dark?
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