Finding out the level of criminal activity in a particular area can be important information for people considering relocation to the area or for other research purposes. If the only lead you have is an area code, you can easily obtain the needed information to search online for crime statistics for that area. This information is public and free and it is typically accompanied by other statistical information about the area including average incomes, demographics and quality of schools through a City Profile Report.
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Enter the area code into the free White Pages search engine (listed in the References section) in the box labelled “Area Code.”
Click on “Find.” A results list will load that will include each city within the area code. If you have more specific information on the area, particularly a specific city name, enter it for faster results. Otherwise, you will have to choose one of the existing areas based on the information you have and write down the city or cities on which you want to find more information.
Visit the Relocation Crime Lab website (listed in the References section) to search for a specific city profile. The results will use information compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine crime levels in specific areas.
Click the “Show Cities” button and wait for the next page to load. There is no need to enter information on the first page before clicking.
The City Profile Report page will load, where you can enter the city name and select the state from a drop-down menu. If you have determined the actual zip code, you can narrow the results.
Click on the “Get Report” button. The report will load, complete with crime ratings and much more information about the area you chose.
If you did not enter a zip code, you will be asked to choose one and click "Get Report" again. Choose the zip code from the information you obtained earlier. If you do not have the zip code, you can use the city name to look up the zip code by revisiting the White Pages link.
Compare your current city to the crime risk in the new city to get a realistic view of what living there is like.
Tips and warnings
- The City Data crime information is based on a 100-point system with 100 being the national crime average. If a city ranks below 100, then it is considered to have less crime than the average city. If it is above 100 it is considered to be a higher crime area. Knowing the rating of your current city will help you ascertain what the new city may be like. You may find that a city is rated 125 and think that is bad until you realise that the city you’ve been living in for years peacefully is rated at 150.
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