Safety First

Examiner.com, Brett Widness, January 20, 2009


First of all, you have to feel bad for this guy who comes across as totally clueless that there is a lot of crime in Dupont.

At the crux of this article from this weekend's Post is the fact that real estate agents are very leery of saying anything about how good the schools are or how safe the neighborhoods are because of Fair Housing laws. While this may seem crazy, just realize that you need to do your own research, whether it's checking with the local police department or school district.

A site called CriminalSearches launched last year, and has a neighborhood feature which works pretty well, although don't freak out, because some traffic violations will show up along side the assaults and thefts.

You can also use BestPlaces.net to compare crime in major cities.


This article was taken from http://www.examiner.com/x-2342-Northern-Virginia-Real-Estate-Examiner~y2009m1d20-Safety-first-Dont-base-your-perceptions-of-crime-on-hearsay


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