Unfortunately, crime is everywhere. When you are ready to buy a home it is important to do some research about the area's crime rates and more since your Realtor will not be able to provide that information to you due to regulations. Where can you find crime reports or other information about a neighborhood or city? There are several websites that offer crime statistics, neighborhood stats, information about schools and more.
Here are four websites that can help you research a neighborhood before you buy or sell:
According to their website, "CrimeReports is the nation's largest collection of law enforcement agencies committed to transparency, public access, and citizen engagement." At CrimeReports.com, you can search over 1000 departments by name, region or zip code. You can utilize the typical search box or you can explore areas by on a map.
On NeighborhoodScout.com, you can "Know the neighborhood. Intimately." Before you buy a home in an area. They provide data for future homeowners as well as investors. They provide "Custom analytics to invest, appraise or finance real estate." In fact, they have several tools for an investor to keep an eye on a neighborhood and pick the best one to invest in. Investors, lenders, brokers, agents, property managers and home buyers and sellers can utilize their neighborhood data to make better decisions.
Find out the crime rate in Arizona's cities and small towns via a map search. You can also research schools, neighborhoods, and restaurants. This website also provides information about registered sex offenders.
Sperling's Best Places provides info on cost of living, schools, crime rates, and more. Search by city, town or zip.