Back in June of 2009, I wrote CrimeReports.com: Cool Site of the Week ”“ an article about a site that graphically represented crime statistics. At that time, the only Phoenix Metro area that was covered was Gilbert. In the ensuing 1.5 years since that posting, the site (which is still in beta BTW) has added Mesa and ASU to its coverage areas. In addition, it looks like it now lists registered sex offenders across the greater Phoenix area.
Despite the lack of coverage, it’s still a wicked cool site, and worth a look if you are interested in crime statistics in Gilbert, Mesa or the ASU campus.
Today I was turned on to another graphic, map-based crime statistics site ”“ RAIDSonline.com (apparently RAIDS = Regional Analysis & Information Data Sharing).
RAIDSonline has coverage for Scottsdale and Tempe in the Phoenix metro area, and a smattering of other cities across the U.S.
Both sites allow you to register for crime alerts ”“ you’ll get an email if there is a crime reported within the radius you select of a specific address. Both sites also allow you to pick and choose which types of criminal activity you want to view (or get an email alert for) as well as set date ranges to investigate.
RAIDSonline has a nifty “density map” that graphically displays crime hot spots. Here is the density map for Tempe:
And here is the map with individual icons for each reported crime. On the site you can click on an icon for details, and pan and zoom on the map:
Why am I telling you this?
We get a lot, I mean a LOT, of questions about crime rates. And this makes perfect sense. If you are looking for a home, you should be investigating crime rates in the area. Sadly, no area is crime-free and if you think you can buy a home where crime doesn’t exist, you are mistaken.
Some other handy sites for researching crime rates:
Crime Reports by Zip Code (Phoenix Metro)
FBI Uniform Crime Reports (national)
One of the best sources for information on crime is the local police department. Call the non-emergency number (not 9-1-1!) and ask for the Public Information Officer. They should be happy to speak to you and direct you to sources for researching criminal activity in whatever neighborhood you are investigating.