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Crime & Safety in Kalamazoo : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jul 31, 2016
Pietje8 asked:
Hello....

Trulia is showing a home with a crime rate of "Lowest": 7611 Stermer Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49048. When I scroll through the list of crimes "near" that address,…
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Tue Feb 4, 2014
Richard Stewart answered:
Crime statistics/reports can be very misleading. When a motorist gets arrested for a dui, it adds to the crime rate for that block. If a woman gets arrested for non payment of child support, that is an arrest on that block. Failure to appear for a traffic violation is a crime on that block. Shoplifting at a nearby store is a crime on that block. Kalamazoo jails many people that "we are mad at" and it is disturbing that non violent offenders take up more room in the jail than violent criminals. You can see for yourself each days arrests for Kalamazoo county at http://jail.kalcounty.com/ArchonixXJailPublic/Default.aspx You may be surprised to see what people are really being jailed for when a ticket might be a more reasonable solution than more jail space at taxpayer expense. I also recommend you talk to the neighbors when considering a home and get their first hand perspective, regardless of what a crime map might show. No report will make you feel as safe as good neighbors. I think many people underestimate the value in community with neighbors and how it helps keep a neighborhood safe. ... more
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Tue Jan 22, 2013
Brian Methner answered:
Kalamazoo is a great place to live. There are many great communities, neighborhoods and areas that are great to live all facets of life. Like many populated municipalities certain areas are always going to have room for improvement but all in all Kalamazoo has many redeeming qualities. ... more
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