This guide will help you search for local crime rates and make your neighborhood safer. Start by contacting your local law enforcement agency to get the most up-to-date information. Explore local neighborhood surveillance options, consult your real estate agent, and discover local online crime statistics. The best way to make a neighborhood safer is to use security tools that can help create community-based safety networks.
You can also contact the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation's criminal data explorer to find data on crimes in your state or a state you want to move to in the future. AreaVibes can generate neighborhood safety scores based on more than just crime, and Ring's Neighbors app allows you to be part of an online neighborhood surveillance program. Family Watchdog can provide detailed background reports on any offenders, and CityProtect has an interactive map of neighborhood crime. SpotCrime maps crime on the spot and sends crime alerts to your email. It collects data from more than just law enforcement agencies and also collects information from news reports and tips from users.
SpotCrime isn't as robust as some of the other sites on our list but it is easy to use and highly visual. To ensure your home is as protected as possible, check out our home security checklist. You can also consider a monitored home security system or security cameras to help protect loved ones and valuables. Simply seeing a security camera or a home security sign or sticker can deter a potential intruder. In addition, monitored systems can call law enforcement if a theft occurs. For more information, see our theft prevention guide and our guide to outsmarting thieves.
With these tips, you can make sure your neighborhood is safe and secure.