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Northern Virginia - A Safe Place to Live

Northern Virginia is SafeWhether you are a young single woman, a family with children, or even a supposedly tough guy, chances are a major consideration when deciding on a community in which to live is the following question:




I believe that every single client that I've helped purchase a home told me that one of their criteria was to have a home in a safe neighborhood.


Good news for Northern Virginia homebuyers (and current residents):  According to a just-released study from the University of Virginia,


UVA Professor William Lucy analyzed traffic fatalities and homicides by strangers in Virginia from 2003 through 2007 to produce his report.  Lucy stated that "Most people think about crime when they think about neighborhood safety. But the greatest danger of leaving home is from traffic injuries and fatalities. This research demonstrates that the danger of leaving home is much greater in low-density suburbs and exurbs than in higher-density cities and inner suburbs."

Falls Church City, the City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County all made the top ten list for safest jurisdictions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Of these Northern Virginia areas, the City of Alexandria was deemed the safest.

So, if safety concerns have been holding you back, put that fear to rest.

Sure... real estate might be much cheaper in Richmond, Virginia or other areas, but consider this, Richmond's combined homicide and traffic fatality rate is about 6 times greater than that of Alexandria!

And you can feel safe trusting your real estate needs to me...

Give me a call at 703-626-0715 and start your search for a Northern Virginia home.


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Comment balloon 4 commentsBrian Block • January 28 2009 08:19AM


I am sure working in a low crime area helps with sales. Most people want to feel safe in their environment.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Brian- I would be concerned about that too since we read that the crime is so bad in DC. But DC is not all there is around your area! Great info.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 9 years ago

Northern Virginia is a great place to live, and has held that reputation for many years even when I lived there in the 1980's.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) over 9 years ago

The vast majority of residents of Northern Virginia, the Maryland suburbs and our Nation's Capital live a crime free existence. That is to say...........they are not victims of crime. If you only focus on violent crime, the number of those people not victims is even greater.

Crime occurs in every neighborhood. It crosses all demographics. It is something everyone is wary of in their current home and concious of in a home search.

There is data for crime on the internet. There are reports of crime on the nightly news. It is good to be aware. We are directed to advise clients and prospects to visit sites or actual police stations to inquire about the rate of and types of crimes reported in any area.

I personally think that it is good to be aware of statistics but more important to take steps that reduce the possibility of becoming a victim.

A few years ago, Montgomery County and Northern Virginia were held hostage by a couple terrorists that decided to ride around and use sniper tactics. The shootings occured in neighborhoods and shopping centers and schools.

There was no indicator prior to this event that it would be dangerous to sit on a bench in Leisure World, shop for groceries in Glenmont, mow the lawn in Rockville, pump gas in Kensington, go to school in Bowie, shop at a Home Depot in Virginia, eat at a restaurant on I-95 or sit on a bus in Aspen Hill.

Crime happens. If they were to survey me........I have lived and worked in the area for over 60 years. I have had my share of incidents. I have had my car entered overnight and change stolen (I forgot to lock the door). I have had my car stolen (rather memorable, it occured just prior to the attacks on 9-11 and I could not understand the slow police response.). I have had toilet paper tossed through and around trees in my front yard. I have had a person come to my door seeking assistance and discovered that while I was looking for my wallet, they stole $40 that was in a desk drawer. Now, I was almost robbed at gun point while managing a store in Southeast. I instinctively slapped the gun out of my face and the perp ran out the door. I was mugged by 8-10 small boys when walking to make a store deposit near Waterside Mall (yes, I was taken down by what amounted to a large group of kindergarten and first and second gradders.....what can I say).

So, if that is my should I view the area?

I think it is as safe as anywhere. I point folks to the websites. I also advise them to visit homes in the daytime. If they find one they really like........go back by in the evening. Use your eyes and look at the neighborhood. I am comfortable where I live. They should be comfortable as well.

That pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.

Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) over 9 years ago