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this section is not gated. You should contact the local police department for crime stats and there are many sites to look for this info. Feel free to call me and we can discusd this further... more
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.
My parents live in the Deep Forest subdivision and are very happy. I live in NY and love it here, so I tend to be critical of most of the subdivisions there, but I actually think the Deep Forest neighborhood is quite beautiful. Most of the neighborhoos is shaded by a canopy of tall, old trees, draped in Spanish Moss. The homes are good quality and very nice, and the crime is definitely very low. This is, of course, anecdotal.... more
I retired in 2004 after 24 years of law enforcement. I used to gather crime stats for the rest of the command staff from the US Dept of Justice and other sources. It can give you an overview of the relative safety of a city - neighborhoods are a different matter. A neighborhood one person thinks is horrible may be nice to the next person. It also depends on your purpose for purchasing - some investors are more worried about property crimes than violence because they don't live there.
There are websites that collect this data. There are maps available that will show you individual categories of crimes and exactly where they are occuring.
As a licensed Realtor I have to be careful of what I say. But if you ask me as a retired police commander and real estate investor - I can be pretty open. Remember - stats only tell you of reported crime. Some areas may have little or no reported crime, but may be an area controlled by a small group that intimidates residents from contacting police.
Daytona Beach had 8 homicides and 10 arson reported in 2008. 2009 stats aren't completely done yet. To me, those are low numbers.
Pride of ownership is pretty much the easiest way to read a neighborhood. Send me an email and I can direct you to the sites that have the maps.