You want to live in a neighborhood where you and your family will feel safe and secure.  It’s one of the top considerations for people in the house-hunting process.  Crime statistics can tell you a lot about a neighborhood, and tell you the story of the potential risks that area encompasses.

Violent Crimes

The worst crimes in any area are of course violent crimes.  While a violent crime can occur in any area, those with a higher rate of murders, rapes, assaults, and other violent crimes are the ones most buyers want to avoid.

These statistics are the scariest because the threat of a violent crime against you or your family is one of the most serious.  It’s important to remember when looking at statistics that many violent crimes happen within families and are often not random acts of strangers.  However, any area with a higher than normal rate of such crimes is one you will want to avoid.

Property Crimes

This common category of crime includes such things as vandalism, theft, and other property damage.  These crimes, like violent ones, can occur in any neighborhood, but there are some areas that carry a much higher risk.

The statistics can tell you a lot, and so can looking around the neighborhood.  Look for signs of vandalism as well as for signs that the area may be home to criminal elements.  Some of the top statistics to consider are home break-ins, car theft, and vandalism.  Your home insurance will cost you considerably less in an area where these things are rare than in an area where they are common.

Gang Activities And Drugs

Another of the major areas of crime statistics home buyers will want to look at is the level of gang-related activities and drug use, manufacture, and sale in the area.  The last thing you want is to find out you’ve bought a house down the street from a meth lab.

Gangs and drugs often go together, so the statistics on one may well follow on the other.  In a time when gang activity is no longer restricted to the inner city, it’s more important than ever to take a look at these statistics before you purchase your new home.

Every city maintains crime statistics that you can look at before you decide to make an offer on a new home.  They are often searchable online, or can be provided with a little assistance from your REALTOR.  Taking the time to look them over can give you peace of mind and ensure you’re buying a home in a safe area for your family.