With the rise of technology, there are a lot of sources that people can use to find out reports of crime, sex offenders, etc. in a certain neighborhood. I always suggest that my clients check into the police blotters and their favorite neighborhood crime app to see what’s going on in the area before they even BEGIN househunting.
One of my favorite apps is SpotCrime which uses icons to show thefts, fires, shootings, and assaults. This app is not specific to a state, which is very helpful for anyone who is moving to a new city or state. This is also helpful if you’re traveling for business or pleasure so that you don’t end up in a neighborhood that you really don’t want to be in.
Crime can occur anywhere and you have to remember that bad people will drive to other areas to commit a crime so you have to keep that in mind. An online crime report may not truly reflect the level of safety of a community.
Some key things you can do to have a better feel of a community are:
- Read their local newspaper & police blotter
- Attend a community meeting
- Research past and upcoming events in that community
- Take a tour of the schools and talk to the teachers
- Drive around the area numerous times and at various times of the day
- Talk to local business owners
- Attend neighborhood street fairs and festivals
- Check out the community Facebook and social media pages to see the topics discussed
Community shopping is as big as an investment as house hunting. So take the time to do your research because, at the end of the day, you want your new home in an area that you’re happy with. You want to come home to your house each day with a feeling of satisfaction.
Written By: Shena Omotola, Dream Home Specialist & Broker Owner of Skyward Realty – Skyward Realty services Chicago, Suburbs, and Northwest Indiana
P.S. Feel free to email me any questions. I’m always here to help. Shena@SkywardRealty.com