What's the best way to find out if a neighborhood I am considering buying in is safe?

Asked by Janice Thompson, 95461 Fri Dec 12, 2008

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Selling Buyi…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Sun May 17, 2009
That’s an excellent question.
First is what you buying is the neighborhood, if it is bad, it has very little remedy. A house you can always fix up in any way you like. What I do for my clients, is I walk and drive the neighborhood my clients are interested in to buy and if I find any trace of graffiti on walls, specially garage access from an alley. I tell my clients to get a local Police report, for the area and in most cases it is free.
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Jerri Furniss, , 43081
Sun Dec 14, 2008
Call the local police department. Also, they may have a site on-line that will give you some information

Good luck!
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Dec 13, 2008

Our recommendation is to be in touch with the local police department or county sheriff's department. they have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful.

Good luck
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Karen Miller, Agent, Long Beach, CA
Sat Dec 13, 2008
Hi Janice,

This is a very good question. I always recommend to my clients that they phone the police dept for this information. To put things in perspective, you may want to contact the police where you currently live to compare statistics.

Best of luck with your home search,

Karen Miller
Century 21 Beachside
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Maria Morton, Agent, Kansas City, MO
Fri Dec 12, 2008
Try the WatchDog.com website and/or your local law enforcement agency. If your local law enforcement does not have their own website, call or go in person.
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