When it comes to Tampa property values, schools and crime rates tend to make a major impact on the desirability of a neighborhood. Good schools and low crime rates can increase the value of your home by 10 to 20 percent or more. While it’s relatively easy to find school related information, crime rates are another thing entirely. Here is what you need to know about Tampa real estate and crime rates:
1. According to the Florida Gang Investigators Association, the greater Tampa Bay area has well over two dozen known gangs in the area including the “Black Hawks”, “W/B-Boys”, “Black Gangster Disciples” and others.
2. Most gang activity tends to be localized to the immediate neighborhood although gangs have been known to commit crimes outside of their “turf” areas.
3. Most Tampa area gangs engage in drug-related activities, theft, vandalism and interpersonal disputes. More serious gang related violence including murders or assault are frequently associated with drug or other activity.
To locate crime related data for any neighborhood in Tampa visit http://www.tampa2enjoy.com/tampa-bay-area/crime-in-tampa.html then simply input your search criteria. It’s a good idea to take time to carefully evaluate crime statistics prior to making an offer on any Tampa property. Not only does it impact your real estate values but crime impacts the lifestyle of your family for years to come.
Another excellent resource for families with young children is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders and Predators search tool. This free resource allows prospective home buyers to input an address or zip code to determine if a sexual predator reside in the local area.