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Arlene, Renter in El Cerrito, CA

how safe is albany, ca?

Asked by Arlene, El Cerrito, CA Fri May 3, 2013

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As a native of Albany, I would love to tell you that Albany is safe. However, I was personally a victim of crime in Albany. The brother of a girl I was friends with at Albany High School murdered another Albany girl. Of late, I can think of two serious crimes that occurred in Albany. Now I am talking about over a span of many years, but there is no place that is "safe".

There is only "safer than". Some streets in Albany are "safer than" others. Albany is safer than some towns and less so than others. Those databases mentioned will help you determine statistics. Another tool for you to compare cities is the Megan's law database.

I currently live in a town which the media crucifies as being incredibly unsafe. Yet I feel safe where I live for the most part. Enough to walk my dog late at night, at least in the neighborhood where I live. So neighborhoods are perhaps more a barometer than an entire city or smaller town, and I don't believe you will find statistics for those.

One thing I do, is ask the local police about the number of calls made to specific neighborhoods. I would ask long before I gave myself the opportunity to fall in love with a specific house, so your judgement is not clouded.

Choices that you make are as big a factor in your safety as your location. As a teen in Albany, I made a bad choice and put myself in totally avoidable danger. I am not blaming myself. This is simply a fact, from which I learned not to make similar mistakes.

A choice you can make after you find your new home is to head a neighborhood safety group. There are both online (Nextdoor.com) and in person groups http://(www.nnwi.org). All neighborhoods are made safer when residents become actively involved.

Good luck, Jamie Edson

DRE# 01796294
510.828.4243
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 25, 2013
Hello Arlene,

This is always a tough one to answer. Safety can mean a lot of different things to different people. I would say a general perception is that Albany is safe, but you will want to do your own investigations to make sure that it meets your needs for safety.

You can actually check crime rates online in most cities. Here is a link to the city of Albany crime prevention page on their website. There is a also a link to crime mapping where you can look up crime stats: http://albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=191

I also recommend visiting, walking around and if you are looking at homes in the area, talk with the neighbors. They honestly will be able to give you some of the best information about the neighborhood and what issues there may be.

Hope that helps!

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
http://www.LisaCartolano.com
DRE # 01715440
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. It’s called “steering” and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:

NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
http://www.trulia.com/blog/carl_medford/2010/03/no_steering_…

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction
http://sanleandrotimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&…

However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for crime statistics, go to the following sites:

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/albany/crime/
https://www.crimereports.com
http://www.spotcrime.com
http://www.nixle.com/
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 4, 2013
You can check crime rates online.

Best of Luck;

Christina Solorzano;
CEO & SR Credit Repair Specialist at
Everlasting Credit Repair
Ex-Mortgage Broker of more than 10 years
http://www.everlastingcredit.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 3, 2013
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