If you want to know about how safe a new neighborhood you plan to shift to is or get an idea about the safety of your current area, several online tools can assist you. Here are some such tools that can provide you with local crime stats and other data:
With AreaVibes, you get a livability score for your area based on seven factors (crime, housing, education, amenities, and the like). AreaVibes can make it easier to understand the top safety issues by giving you information about crime trends in your area.
This free site can also help you get an estimate of the number of deaths/dead residents—it shows the number of incidents that have occurred in different crime categories, including homicide, property crime, rape, assault, violent crime, and burglary.
CrimeReports is a map-based website that shows you the latest data about the most recent crimes that have taken place in your area. All you have to do is type your ZIP code or address and voilà—you’re presented with information about various types of crime, ranging from drug use and property theft to assault.
Clicking on an incident gives you brief details about it, including the local law enforcement agency that handled it. If you want to delve deeper into the details, you can contact the local agency.
Family Watchdog can help you narrow your focus of getting into the nitty-gritty of local crime in your area by mapping the addresses of registered sex offenders in the neighborhood.
The website has maps with color-coded pins that make it easier to identify specific sex crimes, including rape, crimes against children, and sexual battery. Selecting a pin shows a photo of the sex offender, along with details about their criminal background. You can even sign up for alerts on Family Watchdog so that you get notified when a sex offender moves in or out of the neighborhood.
NeighborhoodScout, Nextdoor, and CityProtect are some other such online tools. Use these to keep yourself and your family members safe!