When you’re considering a new neighborhood, it is hard to know exactly what you’re getting into. Certainly, you can see the sights for yourself, meet some neighbors, inspect the home and read about your new community online, but you may have safety questions that you seek reliable information to evaluate. If you’re looking for the cold, hard facts on the safety of your neighborhood, here are four websites that will provide current and specific information to answer your questions.
Situation Alerts on SpotCrime
By simply typing your street address in at SpotCrime, you will get an instant report of all the criminal goings-on in your community from arson to assault.
While SpotCrime is free and enables you to register so you can be alerted to situations in your community, you also have the ability to anonymously offer up information that will help others.
Crime Rates on NeighborhoodScout
A website that will give you information regarding the crime rate in a certain community, Neighborhood Scout offers much of its information free of charge to users to scope out future communities for their own interest. In addition to the per capita crime rate, you can also get a host of information about other communities around the country with similar crime profiles to your own.
Registered Offenders on Family Watchdog
The tranquility of a neighborhood is something that can be easily taken for granted, but Family Watchdog enables you to be aware of what might be going on under the surface. Committed to determining the location of registered sex offenders, this website will easily inform you if there are any offenders in or near your community so you can evaluate the safety of you and your family accordingly.
Situation Updates on CrimeReports
Along with SpotCrime, CrimeReports is another website that enables you to type in your address to instantly pull up a host of information regarding recent crime that’s occurred in a specific neighborhood. Much like SpotCrime, it provides you with an easy to read map of crimes that have occurred and you have the option of signing up for alerts that will inform you of recent situations in your community.
The websites listed above can help you with the details on important safety concerns that may not be commonly reported. If you’re in the market for a home and are wondering about ideal communities, contact Liz to discuss great neighborhoods in the South Bay or a referral to a competent agent anywhere else.