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Old 01-30-2012, 02:58 PM
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What do you think? Fairly accurate? Know of a better reference? Looking to move to SFV in the next month or so.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:07 PM
 
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i prefer the LA Times website L.A. Crime News - Los Angeles Times
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:17 PM
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I'm also going to throw this out there--and hope I don't offend anyone.

When looking around neighborhoods for a rental house, do bars on windows= danger?

I know it may sound naive, but I have never lived in an area where people put bars on their windows. It seems like a fire hazard to me.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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bars on windows is typically not a good sign. Same with chain-link fences around entire property.

A good and (i've found) accurate crime mapping site is: Crime Mapping - Building Safer Communities!
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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bars in windows date back to the 80s/early 90s during the crack epidemic when crime was much worse. they are so common in some areas that are perfectly safe these days that i figure it must have been in vogue at that time. now, if every house on the block has bars on the windows, then i might think twice about it. otherwise, if it's only a few here and there, i wouldn't worry about it too much.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:46 PM
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bars on windows is typically not a good sign. Same with chain-link fences around entire property.

A good and (i've found) accurate crime mapping site is: Crime Mapping - Building Safer Communities!
Thanks for the link!

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bars in windows date back to the 80s/early 90s during the crack epidemic when crime was much worse. they are so common in some areas that are perfectly safe these days that i figure it must have been in vogue at that time. now, if every house on the block has bars on the windows, then i might think twice about it. otherwise, if it's only a few here and there, i wouldn't worry about it too much.

Glad you brought that up because I have seen streets with only one or two houses with bars and wondered.

Still...do I want to rent a house with bars in a safe area? If there is a fire, how do you get out (assuming the door is blocked)?

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:26 PM
 
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Still...do I want to rent a house with bars in a safe area? If there is a fire, how do you get out (assuming the door is blocked)?
Bars are supposed to have interior release mechanisms so the residents can fling them open in the event of fire (or in the event of family member going psycho in the house, or somebody insists on watching reality TV in the living room, or...). Laws to this effect were enacted years ago due to people being trapped in their own homes in emergencies.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:13 PM
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I've been checking outModerator cut: link removed, linking to competitor sites is not allowed
What do you think? Fairly accurate? Know of a better reference? Looking to move to SFV in the next month or so.

My apologies, I am new here. Honestly didn't realize I was posting something forbidden.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my query.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:22 AM
 
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My apologies, I am new here. Honestly didn't realize I was posting something forbidden.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my query.
not necessarily forbidden, but new users sometimes post questions like this to spam a website they own/operate.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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When I moved into my neighborhood most houses had bars on the windows. Now it is about 50/50. The pattern seems to be that when people update or retrofit their windows, they don't bother to put new bars back on.

Basically, if you see a neighborhood with *some* houses with bars and some without, you know the neighborhood was bad back in the 1990s. If you see a neighborhood with *all* houses with bars, it is still a dangerous neighborhood.
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