When you are start thinking of your dream home many people see tree-lined streets, big houses, and friendly neighbors. While these places do exist they are not always as perfect as we hope. Every city has crime, and every neighborhood has crime, some much worse than others. Crime is an unfortunate, but important thing to consider when you are researching neighborhoods. If you are from Portland you can probably guess which neighborhoods are safer than others, but do you wonder specifically which crimes happen where?
The Portland Police bureau maintains a crime mapper with rigorous detail, they keep the map updated with a years worth of crime. When you look at the city, nearly the entire thing is red. The Police bureau have the crimes broken up into 26 different categories. These categories include things like gambling, curfew violations, Liquor law violations, and embezzlement. These things aren’t terribly important when considering whether or not you should buy a home in that area. You can take the time to go through the map and weed out these minor offences but it can take some serious time. When you are doing research, you want the most to-the-point answers as quickly as possible. When you are researching crime, you want to know where the serious offences took place, shootings, thefts, burglary, these are the things that will affect your lifestyle.
Trulia has designed an interactive map that does just that. It makes it much easier to find exactly what you are looking for, you can even target specific neighborhoods. This map will prove invaluable for people wanting to do research on different neighborhoods. I highly encourage you to check it out for yourself. By simply clicking on the map below.
Until next time!