Columbus "How SAFE is the neighborhood?"

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What do you think of this site?   CrimeReports.com

My first impression was "if there is good data, it could be a good site."  It's objective, not someone's opinion of what neighborhood is safe or unsafe, it is crime reports, it's cold hard facts.

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

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

City of Columbus Police Department's Crime Map on the ColumbusPolice.org site?  The map is NOW a link to a Columbus map on  CrimeReports.com

Columbus Police Department - screen shot of words

When people ask "How SAFE is the neighborhood?" I used to refer people to the City Precinct  Maps and Community Liason Contact Numbers, there were stats posted on the Columbus Police Department website in the past, but not for a long time.

Do you see crime close to your home that you weren't aware of?  How safe is your Central Ohio Columbus  neighborhood according to this site?

The City of Columbus must be providing the site their crime reports.  Are the Columbus suburbs supplying their crime reports to the CrimeReport.com site?  I was using a suburban address earlier today and was struck by all the crime it showed was in surrounding Columbus neighborhoods, but none in the suburb. Then it sunk in  ALL the crime reports were in the City of Columbus. I don't believe that particular suburban communities crime reports are supplied to the CrimeReport.com site.

I’ve been playing with the CrimeReports.com site a little bit for Central Ohio addresses.  Thanks to Lanette Branch a Re/Max agent from Bel Air Maryland for mentioning the site via ActiveRain.


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Paula Swayne
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Hi Maureen!
I just tried CrimeReports.com and for me, I don't think it was accurate (there has to be SOME crime in my neighborhood)!  But I do give my clients a similar local site to look up if they have a question regarding crime in the neighborhood. I think a 3rd party giving the information is a really good idea.

Dec 14, 2008 03:02 PM #1
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
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I posted something similar on ColumbusBestBlog and Jim Lee from Knoxville commented that Knoxville's reports are not on it but there is a place to request that a city participate, something you send to your city. 

It's like Zillow, Trulia and lots of sites that have almost, kinda, sorta, all of the info.

It won't really be accurate in Central Ohio if suburbs and townships aren't reporting but for the Columbus metro area having City of Columbus data on it is a big thing.

Dec 14, 2008 03:19 PM #2
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Greg Whisenant from CrimeReports.com

Thanks for pointing out CrimeReports.com. You are right, right now we are receiving information from just a few agencies in the Columbus area, but it's growing every day, and will grow faster with your help! We would be delighted to work with more agencies in the Columbus area and encourage you to reach out to them and ask them to join. Most agencies can be up and running within a couple of hours.

Thank you!

Greg

Dec 15, 2008 09:16 AM #3
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Maureen McCabe
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Thanks for the comment Greg. 

It would be great if  Dublin, Worthington, Hilliard, Powell, Westerville, Genoa Township, Sharon Township, Orange Township, Liberty Township, Perry Township, Blendon Township, Clinton Township etc. etc. etc. would post their data.  Those aren't even all in the parts of Central Ohio that I run around in... people who live in those areas should suggest it to their PD.

Dec 15, 2008 09:26 AM #4
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Lanette Branch
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Hi Maureen,

You came up on my Google Alerts so I had to drop by and say thanks for the shout out.  How cool is that to have someone from the CrimeReports site comment on your post?  Great job keeping the folks in your area informed.

Dec 15, 2008 11:27 AM #5
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Maureen McCabe
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Lanette  I thought it was cool and I have YOU to thank for that. 

This IS not showing on Localism so I am frustrated with AR right now... but it is showing on my DiscoverColumbusOH.com site (my AR outside blog) and on ActiveRain and Google Alerts were sent out for the Links.

Thanks again for mentioning the site.

Dec 15, 2008 11:45 AM #6
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I always put my clients first in any transaction!

Maureen,  Your blog post really serves and  informs your community. You are a credit to ActiveRain...

Dec 17, 2008 09:59 AM #7
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Paul... it is not showing up on Localism... hope that is fixed soon.  Upsetting me.  thnx

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http://columbusoh.activerain.com/post/835546/columbus-how-safe-is-the-neighborhood-

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