what about the crime rate in zip code 94519?

Asked by edsbart, San Leandro, CA Mon Oct 29, 2012

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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2012
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

Don’t Get ‘Steered’ in the Wrong Direction…

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

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Oct 30, 2012
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.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Oct 31, 2012
Another problem licensees have is that we are not experts in criminology or public safety, and when we represent ourselves as such, we take on the same liability as an expert.

So, for example, if we tell you - as an expert - that an area is safe, and you use that expert determination to move into an area, and you get robbed . . . who told you it was safe? A state-licensed agent who represented themselves as a public safety expert.

Here's another tip - crime rates are based on the number of crimes per resident, rather than the number of crimes per user. So a downtown area with few residents but many users will have a higher crime rate, even though downtown may be safer than the front of your corner store.

All the best,
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Hi edsbart,

Realtors® typically do not comment on "crime & safety" due to Federal/State anti-steering law exposure. An individual who "directs a particular race to a certain neighborhood and away from others" may be accused of "steering".

As mentioned below, I would suggest you use http://www.crimereports.com

User Tip:
Once you enter an address, or an entire City, go to the "Incident Layers" tab to select what type of information is important to you. Next, choose the duration of time you want to look at under "Date Range" (for example, you might look at 2011 verses 2012 to date, etc.).

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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Hi, You can visit http://www.Homefair.com and click on the city report section for in-depth crime stats and area demographics. There is also a side by side zip code comparison feature as well.

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Cindy Davis, Agent, San Diego, CA
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Here's a great tool for looking up crime information in any location -http://www.crimemapping.com

Take care,
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Tina Lam, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Oct 30, 2012
Are you asking if there is a crime rate in that zip code?
Web Reference:  http://www.archershomes.com
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