I'm a believer in talking to neighbors and visiting nearby parks.
A "safe" neighborhood can quickly gain recent reports of crime for various reasons.
- Maybe many residents leave their doors unlocked attracting a quick rise in crime which quickly comes under control when all of the neighbors start calling the police whenever they see strangers entering backyards etc.
- Maybe a local high school kid is going through a bad phase.
Crime reports are only part of the story. By talking to residents you get a feeling for a neighborhood. Sometimes even a good neighborhood may have a whole bunch of residents eager to leave because of changes that may or may not be important to you.
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