Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: SHOCK: The Crime Rate is WHAT? How YOU Can Find Accurate Crime Data.

SHOCK: The Crime Rate is WHAT? How YOU Can Find Accurate Crime Data.

SHOCK: The Crime Rate is WHAT?
How YOU Can Find Accurate Crime Data.








Find a possible new home? Using online sites to Find Accurate Crime Data?


Whether you were satisfied with the results or not satisfied - are you certain you drilled down to Find Accurate Crime Data?

Stop when you see the first screen with a general score from 1 to 10, you may formulate an impression based on inaccurate information.

Here is an example: let's drill down into Chamblee, GA 30341.




Located on the Northeast of Atlanta, Chamblee Charter High School is higher rated than Dunwoody HS or Lakeside HS in Dekalb County.

Mercer University is near Chamblee. The Atlanta Silverbacks Soccer is near Chamblee.

Living in Chamblee, one enjoys easy access to Interstate I-85 and Interstate I-285 and is only 30 minutes from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.




Now let's Find Accurate Crime Data for living in Chamblee. Just like anywhere is the world, quality of life may vary from one section of a city to another. Perhaps you found a home that you liked in the Stonecrest community (red map marker above).

The first report on the crime website gave a very low number - bottom quarter of ratings possible. Question: what was the distribution of those rating-lowering incidents? You will want to Find Accurate Crime Data as you do your research.

As Jeri Creson, a real estate agent in Studio City, CA said, "Please be aware that crime statistics websites are 100% dependant upon the "garbage in - garbage out" principal regarding stats and data. ...the info available may be 100% misleading. The very best way to understand crime statistics is to contact the local police department." 

Now, back to our investigation of Stonecrest  in Chamblee, 30341.The exact location of Stonecrest is outlined in the map enlargement to the right. WAIT - look at the map!

Actually, Stonecrest is not within Chamblee! Stonecrest is located in UNINCORPORATED Dekalb County. It only carries the name "Chamblee"  because of Post Office Zip Code!





Hmmm ...

Look at the distribution of the crime incidents -- all within Chamblee west of the line formed by Interstate I-85.

Zero interaction with the sheltered community at Stonecrest which is not only east of I-85 but also is located east of I-285.

 Info from on the Chamblee Police Department Website.


 Yet again -

Look at the distribution of the crime incidents -- all west of the line formed by Interstate I-85.

The Stonecrest community, not actually inside of Chamblee suffers from the rating due to a zip code!   (different source)



Don't be fooled by general statistics - Find Accurate Crime Data for yourself.

Use any of the following sites - some free, some not - to do your own research:   For sex-offender info:

The reports show that the character of Stonecrest is not really related to the statistics about crime that appear for Chamblee 30341. Living in Stonecrest is not related to the general crime statistics for the City of Chamblee even though the same Zip Code applies to each of them.

The next step would be to investigate crime in Unincorporated Dekalb County. To do that, one must sort through all the unincorporated pockets of land within the county to be sure the statistics relate to only the Stonecrest area.

At Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty, we give all our Clients this high level of Concierge Service. How may we help you sell your home or find a new one to buy?

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLynn B. Friedman • November 23 2016 07:49PM


WOW, what a great resource, Lynn B. Friedman!  Sometimes people are so sure that they've found the 'data' that they don't do the drill-down to the REAL statistics!  Excellent explanation too!  Have a great Thanksgiving, Lynn!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 3 years ago

Hi Lynn - the Internet is full of information but a great real estate agent can help to interpret that information.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

I will contact a local law enforcement agency to get local data

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Knowing which web sites to use, and how to drill down for more information on crime statistics is so helpful Lynn. 

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 3 years ago

Garbage in and garbage out...we have to keep that in mind with so many websites and the information offered there. Great post and I hope a lot of consumers see this so they know how to take in the information they see. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago