In a comment on one of my recent posts, “FRD” suggests looking up a neighborhood’s crime statistics before buying a home there.
Makes fabulous sense.
He or she suggested the following websites which are relevant to the homes I was writing about:
Generally, a good first port of call is the local police department. The Berkeley Police website, for example, allows you to track past crimes by neighborhood. The report is called a Community Crime View and produces a map:
…and a table (which you hope looks as innocuous as this one):
There are various subscription services which claim to provide useful crime information. Neighborhood Scout is one and it produces tables like this:
I’m sure there are other good sources of information. If you know them, let me know.