neighbourhood safety

Asked by Zoe, Sutton Place, New York, NY Wed May 2, 2012

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Zoe, Home Buyer, Sutton Place, New York, NY
Tue May 8, 2012
Thank you, Steve, this is very helpful!
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue May 8, 2012

As far as commenting on “safe areas” the Federal Housing Act prevents Real Estate firms/agents from commenting on "crime & safety" since this can be construed as "Steering"; however, we can provide informational sources. is a popular site for checking for incidents (once you enter an address go to the "Incident Layers" tab to select what type of information is important to you). I believe you will find this quite useful in your decision making process.

Even if an Agent knows an area their opinion of an area may have a higher, or lower, “crime threshold” when compared to a home buyer. Therefore, it’s not necessarily a good idea to rely on another’s personal opinion when it comes to such an important topic.

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McGuire Rent…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed May 2, 2012
Hello Zoe,

Burlingame is very safe. Kids walk to school. All parents look out for other kids. It is a wonderful place to live. Very family oriented. A true sense of community. And we are only 17 miles to San Francisco. We have the best of both worlds. If you are looking to move to the Bay Area, I would be happy to speak with you by phone or email so i can share more details.

Pam Zaragoza
650 867 8951
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Many thanks, Pam, appreciated. will be in touch.
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Cheryl Bower, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed May 2, 2012
Hi Zoe,

Safety is somewhat relative. As an 8 year Burlingame resident having relocated from San Francisco I consider Burlingame to be a very safe community when compared to SF & other large cities. That being said crime can & does happen everywhere.

To look up crime data, this is a good site:

You can also look up the Police Dept/City websites for communities of interest, frequently they have crime data/reports as well.

Best wishes,
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