How to find the crime rate in my area

Written by lara webster
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Keeping ourselves and loved ones safe is a universal concern. People want to feel especially safe in their own homes and neighbourhoods, or at least be aware of any potential threats. One way to become more educated about your safety is to research the crime rate in your neck of the woods. Thanks to the internet, this information is increasingly easy to come by.

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    The best resource for crime rate information is your local police department. Find a way to contact them; the most convenient way will likely be to log on to their website.

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    Navigate your way to the crime statistics page. From there you can obtain more specific information. The police department in San Diego, for instance, allows the internet user to break down crimes by zip code or year.

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    For departments that do not have a website, call the information number and ask for a copy of the department's annual statistical report to the FBI. You can also go to the source and get the statistics for any city and state from the FBI's website: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/>

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