There’s a lot to think about when buying a house, especially if it’s in a neighborhood you don’t know well. Even if the area looks nice, you never really know what happens after dark - or sometimes even in broad daylight.
That's why it's crucial to find out as much as you can about your potential new hood's safety and crime rates: Is the neighborhood OK for kids, and can you park your car outside without risking a break-in?
Unfortunately it's not as easy as simply asking your real estate agent for the 411. In fact, your real estate agent can't help you here. Because of the Fair Housing Act, agents legally can’t answer your questions about neighborhood safety—which means you’ll have to do the detective work yourself.
Spokane County and Kootenai County subscribe to different systems, so I have included both crime maps below. Click the Washington map for Spokane County and the Idaho map for Kootenai County:
So, make the right move and call, text, or email me... Dani Carpenter, for more information about crime statistics and resources for Eastern Washington and North Idaho.