December 19th, 2008 Categories: Crofton News
This is a question I’m sometimes asked by prospective buyers relocating to Maryland. It’s an important consideration when buying a home, along with home sizes and prices, schools, commuting time, etc.
My answer is this. Check out CrimeReports.com
The landing page is a map of the United States, but you can just type in Crofton, MD in the box at the top of the page that’s labeled “Enter location.” On the next page you see will have a map of Crofton with markers on locations where recent crimes have occurred. On the left side of the page is the type of crime and the date it occurred.
During the time-period represented by this map, you can see that crime in Crofton tended to be property crimes, rather than crimes against people. Nowhere is totally crime-free, but at least the risk of death or injury from a violent crime is minimal in Crofton, based upon statistics for these two weeks. Of course, this can change, depending on results for the time period you search.
Families relocating for a job at Fort Meade will probably want to look at crime reports for Severn, Millersville, Odenton, Gambrills, Bowie, Laurel and other nearby communities. After doing so, chances are good they’ll focus on Crofton for finding their next home – or at least the greater Crofton area.
When you click on the tab labeled “Analytics” at the top of the page, you can scroll down the options for Jurisdiction and select Anne Arundel County Police Department. This will provide helpful graphs of police activity on a county-wide level (not a single community, such as Crofton) – and you’ll be glad to see that the greatest majority of time spent by Anne Arundel County police seems to be on pro-active policing, traffic enforcement and “quality of life” issues – NOT violent crimes!
Families relocating to Maryland from other areas may find it interesting to select other nearby jurisdictions for comparison with Anne Arundel County. In Prince George’s County, for example, police activity during the two-week period preceding December 13 for pro-active policing, traffic enforcement and “quality of life” matters was negligible.
Two other online resources I refer buyers to for safety information are FamilyWatchdog.com and the Maryland Sex Offender Registry. Simply type in the zipcode (21114) for photos and addresses of registered sex offenders. Again, Crofton fares very well when compared with most other jurisdictions.
Even families who already live in Crofton may be curious to check out these websites. Are you?
By providing these resources to prospective buyers, I’m able to answer their questions about neighborhood safety without opening my mouth and inserting my foot. Prospective buyers can draw their own conclusions after visiting these websites.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this blog post is to make you aware of the website CrimeReports.com and describe the type of information you will find there. The results to which I referred were for one random two-week period, and may or may not be an accurate indication of criminal activity in the area throughout the year.