What is 17th Place in 20002 zip code like as far as safety?

Asked by Pack, Washington, DC Tue Feb 28, 2012

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Aaron Smith, Agent, Washington, DC
Wed Feb 29, 2012
Pack,

All of those people have given you great resources to use, to check out an area's crime statistics.

What they haven't done, completely, I feel, is answer the question of WHY Realtors and Real Estate Agents cannot tell you if an area is "Safe".

Crime is a very random occurrence & Safe is a relative term. For example:
What if you were told an area was "safe" and then you become a victim of a crime in this area, even if you are the first, ever?
What if you were told an area was "unsafe" and you don't buy, and crime takes a holiday and you end up paying twice as much somewhere else?
What if you were the seller of a property, and had never had a problem, due to alarms or coincidence, etc. but no one buys your home, because the area has a bad reputation?
What if you were a buyer of a home, and an agent tells you that the area is 'unsafe', just to steer you to another, more expensive listing or area?

Don't let someone else make that determination for you. Follow those examples they spoke of below:

Check the history using those resources on-line.
Talk to your potential future neighbors. (some neighborhoods have bloggers)
Drive the area at various times of day or night.
Speak to local police for a professional opinion, (although some police departments have taken to avoiding answering those questions for liability reasons)

And, when using those resources, do a few more things.
Compare the crime statistics looking at population density.
<Life in an urban area will sometimes have higher crime rates than other, less densely populated areas, Very little car theft on Mount Everest, for instance. ;) >

and lastly:
Compare the crime statistics with an area you are already familiar with and comfortable with.
Raw data can be scary, and most people have no idea how much crime is going on, even in the areas they have lived in for years. Once you know what its like in a "baseline" area, you can determine, for yourself, whether an area is "Safe" or not, for yourself.

Good Luck!
Cordially,
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Melissa Bark…, Agent, Washington, DC
Wed Feb 29, 2012
Hi

As a Realtor we cannot talk about crime, schools, etc. I would recommend looking up crime on the DC PD website or calling or stopping by the local station to see what they have to say for the neighborhood you are interested in.

Good luck!

Melissa
Web Reference:  http://www.wdcmetroagent.com
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Feb 28, 2012
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, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Vincent Hurt…, Agent, Washington, DC
Tue Feb 28, 2012
Please check out http://crimemap.dc.gov/presentation/intro.asp to see a crime map for that and other parts of DC.
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