Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Crime & Safety in District of Columbia : Real Estate Advice

  • All80
  • Local Info11
  • Home Buying38
  • Home Selling4
  • Market Conditions2

Activity 15
Tue May 3, 2016
Brewster42 asked:
It looks as if the North Charleston crime reports are not being aggregated at different intervals and frequencies. It also seems as if the jail has crime reports attached to it rather than…
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Sat Feb 15, 2014
Tony Taylor answered:
Billy, I know you asked this question some time ago. I will quickly add that over the last 5 years, Mount Vernon has undergone significant changes. It's a great location for residential development but understand many parts of the area are still undergoing change. Many trailblazers have moved into the area. The closer you are to Penn Quarter and Shaw, the better. But opportunities further to the east are more affordable. In addition, with NOMA nearing full scale, it is helping stabilize the entire Mount Vernon neighborhood. Feel free to contact me anytime for a more in-depth analysis about the current market conditions in the neighborhood. ... more
0 votes 8 answers Share Flag
Mon Jan 20, 2014
Dante Washngton answered:
Hi I practice in this area check out this website I you can search for commercial or residential real estate and the whole United States as soon as they come on market. ... more
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Mon Aug 12, 2013
Lanre Folayan answered:
Hello Dibs Shermat-Andrews,

I always tell home buyers that we as Realtors adhere to strict codes and standards. As far as crime goes,I always tell people to get a Police Report of that particular neighborhood. Also walk or drive by there at night. Night time will give you a very good idea how the neighborhood is like since everybody is home from work or school.

Much luck to you in making your decision.
... more
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Thu Jun 20, 2013
Jess Marandola Murphy answered:
There are lots of Internet resources out there to research the neighborhoods you look in, or you can visit them in person to get a feel for it. It is illegal for a realtor to answer your question. Also, our opinion really doesn't matter when it comes to finding the right place for you. If you need any more help or advice please contact me at ... more
1 vote 1 answer Share Flag
Wed May 29, 2013
Alonya Renee answered:
Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee any neighborhood as a "safe" community. Where ever there are people, there will be crime. Sure, there are some neighborhoods where statistically you are more likely to be a crime victim, but even those neighborhoods have their good sides.

The police department is a good place to start for digging up neighborhood crime statistics, but I would advise that you don't make the mistake of making your decision based only on those numbers.
... more
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Mon Apr 22, 2013
Miekeba Jones answered:
Fri Oct 5, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
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. ... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue Jun 12, 2012
Ericka S. Black answered:
Hey Mtolson08,

Check out this website to get the Crime Stats for Marshall Heights and other surrounding areas. Crime occurs throughout DC in all areas.

I don't live far from this area. I don't feel unsafe and my neighbors are nice. Here are some beautiful homes near me Call me at (202) 670-6677 if you are interested in seeing some places in my neighborhood.

Talk to you soon,
... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Wed Feb 29, 2012
Aaron Smith answered:

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!
... more
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Tue Aug 30, 2011
Susan Isaacs answered:
Hi Barb. A lot of crime where, and compared to.... ?
If you want crime stats on any area in Washington DC, you can go to,a,1239,Q,543308,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,|,.asp or or or
If you'd like to see the latest home sales statistics you can go to
and if you'd like any other information, fee free to email me at susanisaacsrealtor
... more
1 vote 2 answers Share Flag
Mon Jun 13, 2011
Gerard Carney answered:
You need a Real Estate Attorney, do not ask Realtors or any other Real Estate Professional, only an attorney should deal with this since it is a CHANGE TO AN OFFICIAL DOCUMENT!
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Tue Jul 27, 2010
Daniel Johnson answered:
Agreed this question is loaded. Dupont is a desirable place to live, the unfortunate reality is that crime is a part of society. Try this website to help you make your own conclusions.
If you need help with your rental search feel free to ask! Should we not cross paths good luck and I hope your semester in the District is an enjoyable one!
... more
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Mon Jun 29, 2009
Debra Foster asked:
The DC Government need to address it and the person that owns the parking lot need to erect a wall or fence to separate it from the community. What is being done?

This question is about…
0 votes 0 Answers Share Flag
Search Advice
Crime & Safety in Popular Cities in District of Columbia