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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Aug 19, 2014
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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Michael Jera…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Aug 20, 2014
The best way is to five around on friday night in the exact area you like, or simply google map the surrounding homes. A quick call to the non emergency line at the police department in the community you are considering has more than enough opinions for a simple 5 minute call. As a father I simply may share the opinion that the scariest part of planning is guessing right?

Feeling overwhelmed = Underplanning. Any realtor will be happy to answer questions or simply tour the obvious areas when you visit to insure your level of comfort.

What factors are most important to feel safe?

security cameras
neighborhood watch
fenced yard
security gated screen door
large lot size
well lit streets
cul de sac

what is most important and what area are you moving to?

Happy to help with 18 years experience and 3 kids, I can see the concerns, Michael J 206-200-1234 in Seattle Real Estate.
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Jean-Leon Ma…, Agent, Tempe, AZ
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Trulia now has a crime map here: that can be accessed by zooming in on your area. Hope this helps, good luck !
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Dan Tabit, Agent, Issaquah, WA
Tue Aug 19, 2014
Hi Dan,
Crime can happen anywhere. For an agent to say one area is safe is to risk being responsible if a client becomes an unfortunate victim. For an broker to say an area is not safe runs a risk of redlining or harming a community.
The only safe answer we can provide is to direct you to sources for crime statistics and allow you to determine how you feel about an area based on them. I've included one source below, you may also want to check with the local police before you commit to an area. I've done this myself when we were moving around a lot.
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Wendy Carrin…, Agent, Seattle, WA
Thu Aug 21, 2014
As others have mentioned a good option is to call the non-emergency line at the local police station. There are also many good online websites that provide detailed information about the area, is easy to use and provides a good outlook on an areas crime.
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