Neighbourhood Safety and Crime Maps
One of the first things home buyers ask me when they are exploring neighbourhoods is “how safe is this area?”
This is particularly true for people who are making a significant relocation, single women, older home buyers, and young families. With your home being the biggest investment in your life, you want to make sure you feel comfortable in your surroundings!
While it may seem like a straight-forward question, it’s actually quite subjective. For example, someone who grew up in a very quiet neighbourhood in rural Waterloo region, moving to the urban downtown of Toronto or Hamilton may not be in their comfort zone. A single guy who weighs 300lbs might be totally ok with one neighbourhood, while a single twenty-something woman might not be. What may seem safe to one person may not seem safe to another.
When I meet with a buyer for the first time at a consultation, we talk about this. It’s important for me to have a good understanding of your comfort level so that I can try to steer you in the right direction and give you the most relevant advice to your situation.
That said, you’re going to need to do a little homework of your own to find out just what your comfort level is. For people really unfamiliar with an area (especially Hamilton, which has many distinct neighbourhoods), I often suggest driving around. Being in the city is the best way to get the best experience. I’ve even had clients rent an Airbnb for a week to test out their commute before committing to a big relocation!
If that’s not an option, there are a ton of online tools you can take advantage of. Google Maps and Google Maps street-view are so valuable! See a house you like? Check out the map, look at the neighbours houses. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s a great way to quickly get an assessment of how the neighbourhood will fit into your comfort level.
Another awesome resource are local police crime maps. These online tools are consistently updated to give you a visual idea of the frequency and type of crime in an area.
For Halton (including Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills): https://www.haltonpolice.ca/crimefil…/crimemapping/index.php
For Hamilton (including Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, etc): https://hamiltonpolice.on.ca/ho…/find-crime-my-neighbourhood
For Peel (including Mississauga): http://220.127.116.11/Html5Viewer/?viewer=peelcrimehtml5
For Toronto: http://data.torontopolice.on.ca/pages/maps
I’m always here to be a resource to help you figure out what neighbourhoods fit your comfort level and safety profile. Want to talk more about YOUR needs? Contact me anytime!