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Sun Jul 24, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
Very very old post, but the first thing I'd do is get rid of the 10 mph speed limit. That's absurdly low for any area, and just gets people to ignore it. Once they ignore it, then the limit no longer does any good.

Given the low limit I doubt the size of the complex is big enough for my second suggestion: Have the HOA hire off duty cops to patrol and ticket. My HOA does that, but the roads are public. If the roads are private about all they could do is report violators to the HOA for fines.

Finally speed bumps are a horrible idea, unless you like to reduce your property values, cause strain on cars and hear cars speeding up all the time. The worst place to live is anywhere near a speed bump or stop sign because of the changes in vehicle speed.
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Fri Jul 22, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
I think it varies by area. The last time I looked a few months ago, south Snohomish County was way out of date in part because the Sheriff was switching over to a new system. Probably nothing was more current than 9 months.

SPD has a lot of crime data on-line and you'd probably be better off looking there if you're looking for something inside the Seattle city limits (or another law enforcement website for other areas).

Finally, keep in mind that a lot of crime can be prevented by simple precautions (lights, not leaving stuff inside a car, etc.) and that some things are rather random. On the last point, in my neighborhood there was a murder within the past 8 years, but and that one event was a family member killing another family member.
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Sat Feb 28, 2015
Shirley Prescott answered:
if you are so worried about being politically incorrect that you cannot even answer another human being, why do you go on a website at all?
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Mon Jan 20, 2014
tatematson answered:
seattle.gov click on police/crime stats you can pull the entire regions crime data----seattle has about double the crime--contrary to popular belief.
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Fri Dec 27, 2013
dave answered:
It'll make it safer for gentrification to push more of our city's poor to outlying areas, if that's what you mean.
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Fri Dec 20, 2013
Aaron and Cheree Tiry answered:
I would suggest contacting your local police department. They should have this information for you. Realtors don't have access to this information.
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Tue Nov 12, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
There are two sources of information I recommend if you're looking for crime data around a particular address:

1) Spotcrime.com and,
2) Seatte Police Department website: http://www.seattle.gov/police/crime/

Both sites will allow you to search by address and/or neighborhood.

Good luck with your research.
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Sun Jul 28, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
That's a good question, Steven. My answer is conditional, and based upon who is walking home and what time of day. There have been some robberies/assaults of both men, women and youth associated with the light rail. If you've got headphones in your ears, your iPhone in your palm, and a laptop bag, then you're making yourself a target. You can take measure to make yourself less of a target.

Besides light rail, you could also be robbed walking home from a bus stop....or have your car broken into while parked at your home if you leave anything of value visible. Crime is everywhere. If you take precautions, don't walk alone at night, leave valuables at home or out of sight, then you increase the odds you won't be a victim of crime.

Columbia City is continuing to evolve, and the light rail is evolving as well. More people are discovering Columbia City, and the great home values in 98118, and there is a new energy in the community. Columbia City is a good place to invest and I don't think it's any less safe than many communities in Seattle. I hope this information is helpful to you.
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Sun Jan 20, 2013
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Sat Jan 19, 2013
Ray Akers answered:
The crime rate in Seattle has been volatile since about 2005. There are several factors behind the crime trends including changing demographics, police staffing, and the city's growing pains. Most of the crime data you'll find online is weeks or even months out of date. For the most up-to-date information on crime in Seattle, go to the Seattle Police Department crime mapping website: http://www.seattle.gov/police/crime/onlinecrimemaps.htm The website is interactive and you can use the search functions to narrow your search to specific neighborhoods and specific types of crime. Another website I use is SpotCrime.com. On SpotCrime, you can sign up for email notification of crime events in a radius around an address that you choose. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jan 14, 2013
Jirius Isaac answered:
Cannot answer this question really. You can look up statistics for the City in general. If you want to know more, you can call the police department directly & see what they will tell you.

Good luck to you in any case,
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Sat Dec 29, 2012
Benis Dawkins answered:
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Sun Nov 27, 2011
Adrianne Jones answered:
Depending on the amount you want to spend as a huge impact on what I would say next.. A very general rule is stay on the West Side of 1-5. West Seattle/Magnolia is a GREAT AREA!! Unfortuanlty rental prices are really expensive. In many cases it is more affordable to buy then rent. Rentals there are starting around $1,600. If you go a little further south to the Burien area you are still in a good area and it's more affordable.
Good Luck!
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Fri Nov 18, 2011
Martha answered:
Yes, it is very safe compared to other places in Seattle. I live on QA and would probably move to Magnolia if the economy were better because among other things, it is safer than QA. Don't get me wrong, QA is great. But the West side of Magnolia is definitely safer. ... more
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Sun Mar 23, 2008
Courtney Cooper answered:
Hi! This is a great area and changing a lot right now - they are putting in a big urban center and I see Greenwood as being a good 3-5 year investment.
Here is a good crime map from the city:
http://web1.seattle.gov/seastats/doStatistics.aspx
I would make sure to pay more attention to housing that was built in the bog area of Greenwood - this would be the greater concern to me rather than the relatively low crime in the area. There is a major portion around downtown Greenwood that was built over a bog and it has been drying up in places as of late - creating some sinking problems in some cases.
I recently sold a really nice place in Greenwood - I also lived there for a little while - I love all that is going on in the area! Good luck!
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Mon Mar 3, 2008
Rob Graham answered:
I have to say I love the site James gave out. You may also want to check out zipskinny.com, and walk score.com. Both offer a wealth of information about specific neighborhoods.
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