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Central Ohio – "How SAFE is the neighborhood?"

by Maureen McCabe on December 14, 2008

What do you think of this site?

CrimeReports.com

My first impression is If there is good data, it could be a good site.  Objective.

When you moved to a neighborhood in Central Ohio or elsewhere how did you determine how safe a neighborhood is?

  • Ask your real estate agent
  • Ask the local police
  • Ask friends or co-workers?
  • Other?

I’ve been playing with the site a little bit for Central Ohio neighborhoods.  Thanks to Lanette Branch a Re/Max agent from Bel Air Maryland for mentioning the site via ActiveRain (a national real estate network.)

Edit: I wondered how it compared to whatever was on the Columbus Police Department website currently, had not looked for awhile.  Columbus Police Department uses this site!!!  Columbus Police Department the Crime map is CrimeReports.com  third link from the top Columbus Police Crime Map

Are the suburbs of Columbus providing the site with statistics?  I was looking at one suburb this AM and was amazed all the crime was in the surrounding city of Columbus neighborhoods.  Crime free? Or not reporting to this site… I think just not reporting to this site.

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1 Jim Lee December 14, 2008 at 01:02 pm

It looks like Knoxville doesn’t participate. They have a link to notify your local police officials and ask them to take part; I did.

2 Maureen McCabe December 14, 2008 at 02:49 pm

Thanks for the comment Jim.

Columbus PD must have been asked by someone, see my edit.

Columbus used to try to maintain stats on their local website by precinct or I think it broke it down by car # but gave up on that. They must supply the stats to CrimeReporter if they are displaying the map on their site.

I have had some clients who were really, really focused on crime a couple because they were victims.

3 buckblog December 15, 2008 at 07:52 am

I look at the Columbus crime report sight once in a while. The info is only as reliable as the dept reporting them. Some police departments nationally underreport crimes. I don’t really know how reliable the Columbus reports are but at least you can get idea by neighborhood.

4 Maureen McCabe December 15, 2008 at 09:50 am

Of course we have no way to know but I think the fact that they are posting their reports to this (and I believe another crime site) is a good sign.

I saw something late last night about a crime in one of the townships, itty bitty PD area wedged in between incorporated areas. That would be the kind of area that would concern me giving a distorted view to someone from out of the area.. or those who are challenged by local geography.

Thanks for stopping by Paul.

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