Q: How do crime maps play a role in how real estate professionals determine where to build?
Fred Wehba: The vast majority of homeowners would prefer to live in an area where they feel safe, i.e. an area with a low crime rate. Builders look to crime mapping software and historical data when determining where to build. They may compare crime rates in similar neighborhoods within driving distance of their planned development and look at key factors that may continue to affect crime in the future.