Seattle: Buying a Home? What about Crime?
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Comprehensive tool by Bing Maps and The Seattle Police Department
The Seattle Police department has come out with an interesting crime mapping tool that will certainly be interesting to buyers and also to sellers, homeowners and renters. Part of crime prevention is being aware of it and then taking proactive steps to correct problems by cooperating with your local law enforcement agencies.
Here is a link to the what's called My Neighborhood Map. In conjunction with Bing Maps the Seattle Police Department has put together a wide variety of information besides crime and crime statistics on this site. One can find listings for Art and Recreation, Community Services, Education, Parks, Permits, Public Safety, Transportation and Utilities. This is a bookmark link for anyone who wants quick information for in and around Seattle.
It takes a little orientation to figure out everything that is available on the map but I can see many uses for it besides giving a buyer a link to check out crime statistics in the neighborhood where they are considering purchasing a home.