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Crime is a consistent and legitimate concern for home buyers because it has implications for personal safety as well as resale values. It does not emerge as a central concern for most of our local clients, because crime rates in the area are comparatively low. If you are concerned with crime rates, I would recommend comparing the crime rates in our communities to other communities you are familiar with nationwide. Check the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (Crime in the United States) for reliable information. Their chart that reviews crime statistics for all cities in the country with populations of 10,000 or more is particularly useful. Similar information is available in simplified form at www.homefair.comIf you need information on variations in crime rates within local communities, try calling the local police department. In my view, talking with neighbors or co-workers is as likely to mislead as to inform.