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Wed Mar 23, 2016
Paulettebretan asked:
Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
I've been seeing an inordinate amount of these questions popping up on Trulia in recent weeks. As I've said on the other threads I've commented on there's absolutely no way of guaranteeing that any neighborhood will have little or especially NO CRIME.

We're living in a very different time and place today. Unlike anytime since possibly the Great Depression we are living in very volatile socio economic times everywhere in America as well as most places in the World.

What with dynamics like poverty, homelessness, unemployment, illegal immigration and shear desperation it's clearly obvious why crime is on the rise everywhere. What were once considered very safe and secure upscale neighborhoods are now viable high value targets for those who wish to prey on them.

I've livee in a very laid back, low key semi rural North San Diego country neighborhood for the past 33 years. During that time we've never locked the doors on our cars or homes and we've always left our bicycles out unlocked.

In the past several months we've had an influx of multi-family or multi-tenant renters moving into several of the single family residents that have come up for rent throughout our neighborhood. Sometimes there are as many as a dozen old cars and trucks parked in the driveways and on the streets.

Common sense has to tell you that these folks aren't the most financially privileged or steadily employeed. Hence, lot's of folks are hungry and desperate to pay the rent so voila our once very safe and quiet neighborhoods become not so safe and secure.

As a result we've seen a dramatic increase in break-ins and burglaries. Fortunetley there has been no violent crime. Just folks stealing bicycles, lawn mowers & myriad garden tools or anything of value that's not secured. We even have a neighbor who's had 4 chickens stolen in the past month. Duh........ya think they might be hungry?

So we took measures into our own hands and with the help of local law enforcement we've facilitated a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM. Since the signs have gone up and we've installed or activated existing security systems and video cameras and our buddies at the Sheriff's Dept have been making their presence known and we've all been keeping in touch with one another and notifying one another when we'll be out of town things have really calmed down. In fact there have been no incidents in the past couple of months.

So the long and short of it is that there is no totally safe and secure way of keeping your neighborhood free of crime. The best thing you can do is become involved in your community and stay aware of the folks who live around you.
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
For the most part the answers you've received are good and accurate. However, many if not most public parks will and do allow alcoholic beverages to be consumed if you pull the required permits and provide a liability insurance policy which is usually a minimum of a 1 million dollar premium what can cost a few hundred dollars depending on the type of activity and the insurance company binding the policy. ... more
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Mon Jan 13, 2014
Khrystyna Chorna answered:
Since, we realtors, can't really tell you whether it's actually safe or unsafe to live in a particular neighborhood for liability issues, most I can do, is to direct you to a website, where you can check out the information for yourself and compare it with other potential areas!
http://www.sandiego.gov/police/pdf/2013/201310cumneighbor.pdf
And to add, I do have a lot of friends and clients that have bought there and they like it! :)



Good luck!

Khrystyna Chorna
Real Estate Supergirl
Pacific Sotheby's International Realty
619.808.7064
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
Bill Ladewig answered:
Hi Tess,

I live in Seven Oaks and yes it is quiet, safe with friendly neighbors to talks with while on your evening walk. There is a nice community center with pool, exercise equipment, library and hobby rooms.

As for the burglar alarm I don't think it is necessary however... if it makes you feel safe then you should get one.

Call me if you need further information

Best regards
Bill Ladewig
Exclusive Buyer's Agent
858.451.1481
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Wed Sep 25, 2013
Krista Bell answered:
Hi there, Darryl,

I hate to give you such a political response here, but agents are not legally allowed to provide clients with information on the safety of neighborhoods (other than to say some neighborhoods are more desirable than others). I would be happy to send you some information on the 92110 community - it's an interesting zip code which houses part of Mission Hills, Point Loma and Bay Park/Bay Ho - and I do a lot of business in those areas.

Your best bet - to satisfy your own safety requirements - is to check out sites like Crimestoppers and Megan's Law, enter the address of the property, and decide for yourself whether you would be comfortable living in a particular area. Doing a drive-by of the property during different times of the day may also help.

Let me know if you have any other questions or if I may be of further assistance. Best of luck to you.

Warm regards,
Krista Bell, REALTOR
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Sun Jul 28, 2013
Jeffanddeborah Slepski answered:
I have never heard about any safety issues. I do not know of any problems the residents of this Southpointe development have had. I would consider it in the top 10% of safe areas in California. Just my estimate. ... more
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Fri Jul 26, 2013
Mierna Lepine answered:
I used to live on Glidden St. for 15 years and loved it. I was on the West side of Glidden St. in the Apts. Wanted to move back to an available house but it fell through. Linda Vista in General is one of the most centralized locations in San Diego. I've had to work all over the city and this area is accessable to easlily to 4 different freeways. ... more
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Wed Jun 5, 2013
Rashard Scott answered:
The colors indicate the frequency, not the type of crimes. That area in general is known for crimes....
Please contact me directly if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Rashard Scott
RBD Residential
REALTOR®

Phone: 619-565-3604
Fax: 619-342-3332
Email: scottie1421@gmail.com
Website: www.militaryhomesinsandiego.com

CA DRE# 01703306
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Sun May 26, 2013
Sinead McAllister answered:
Good Evening,
Your question is subjective and as Realtors, we cannot answer that without doing what is called "steering," which is when Realtors try to guide you in or out of certain neighborhoods based on perceived factors. In any case, I would be happy to give you the contact for the local police department and other resources so that you can find out the statistics for any neighborhood. That should assist you in making your decision. I also advise any client that is not 100% familiar with a neighborhood to visit it at several times throughout the day and night to gauge their comfort level. Please contact me directly if I can assist you further. I would be happy to help.


​Sinead McAllister-Clifford
Real Estate Broker/ Realtor®

McAllister Homes Real Estate
Residential Sales & Property Management
www.McAllisterHomes.com
License 01366009
858-205-5215 CELL
brokermcallister@gmail.com EMAIL
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Mon Apr 8, 2013
Homebody answered:
We have lived on the southwest side of 805 in Serra Mesa since 1999 and there seem to be two types of crimes. An example of rare but high profile type of crime would be the time some deranged person pulled off the 805 freeway and stabbed an occupant of their car. I believe this is more the nature of having a freeway off-ramp nearby. As I can only remember two crimes of this type during the time we've lived here, it would seem the benefit of a central location would outweigh the risk of experiencing this type of crime.

The other type of crime is also be rare, but the circumstances of the crimes are more under the control of the homeowner. These are thefts and burglary. In every case I have been made aware of there was indications of either an insider knowing of a valuable in the home or the home or vehicle was not properly secured. The most recent thefts on our street came when a new homeowner left valuables unattended in plain view from the street (garage or bed of pickup).

In our local neighborhood two factors make it a less likely target for crime. (1) There are a good number of retirees at home during the day, (2) everyone tends to look out for one another as much is as possible.
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Jenny Talasazan Realtor answered:
Alexandra,
There is a lot of great advice here. Safety reports and alerts can be set to your emails. Also, San Diego is a big place. Are you available to go drive through a bunch of zip codes to see what they look like. Because there are beautiful homes in some of these zip codes, especially with the market now. I would not want you too miss one because of a crime report alone. I usually take my clients to the home in the day, we go back at night and I usually recommend for them to knock on the neighbors doors with me and we get a LOT of info from the locals. This is really the best way because it comes from someone who has been there a long time.
Lastly, if it is a rental for you it may not be a problem with tenants. Call me and let's see! I love finding new gems!
Check out my website too, I work with properties that are not on the MLS !
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Sat Jun 16, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
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.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Mon Apr 30, 2012
Kari Shea answered:
Hi Terry,

First, we agree with Cory...go there and walk around as each person's experience and criteria for safety are different.

Also, the San Diego PD has it's own page with information at http://www.sandiego.gov/police/services/statistics/index.shtml

Best of luck to you,

Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
Home Listing Specialists
Home Valuation Specialist
Land Listing, Acquisitions & Consulting
Serving Greater San Diego
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Tue Apr 17, 2012
Cindy Davis answered:
For all questions regarind crime and safety, I refer my clients to http://mapping.arjis.org/CrimeMAPS/.

There, you can plug in any address and get a comprehensive look at crime activity, broken down by different types...

Good luck.
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Thu Jun 2, 2011
Deborah Griffin answered:
Zach,

You do have tenant rights and should review your lease. Your landlord should have known, he is required to provide you with notice prior to any showings and has no right to enter your home without your permission.

Best of luck to you.

Deborah in AZ
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