How may I obtain the crime stats for Orlando?
Our crime statistics are reported through the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement. You can obtain them through the Internet at:
http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/index.html. You may also request a run for a
specific area by contacting our Records Department at 407-246-2410, but there
will be an administrative charge for doing special statistical inquiries based
on the number of pages printed and computer time used.
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I’m moving to Orlando, can you tell me the best
place to look for a house/apartment?
There are too many variables involved to respond to your question. You may
consider contacting a realtor who specializes in people newly moving to the area
and discuss any special needs, economic ranges, etc. that you may have. Once you
have zeroed in on a residence or neighborhood, and if it is within the city
limits of Orlando, we will be more than happy to let you know the criminal
activity for the past several months in that area. In order to obtain this
information, you may call the Records Unit at 407-246-2406. If the address is
outside Orlando's city limits, you will have to contact the law enforcement
agency having jurisdiction in that area. Here are some hints you may find
Do not commit to any contracts until you have done all your homework. This may
cost a few dollars in hotel bills, but the dividends may pay greatly.
When you find a home/apartment that interests you, start driving in circles
around the area, and keep enlarging the circle. Watch the traffic flow to see if
it is acceptable to your needs (too much congestion, is public transportation
available, undesirable foot traffic, etc.) Check for the closeness of schools
(too far or too close; both can be a problem to some people). If you still like
what you see, park on the street near the residence during a weekday and observe
for at least an hour. You will be amazed at what you see. If you raise the
concern of one of the neighbors, get out and introduce yourself and explain what
you are doing. This is like an interview for your perspective neighbors. If you
do not like them for whatever reason, make a note of that; do you really want to
live next door/down the street from this person? Listen for noise levels; is the
noise acceptable to your lifestyle? Again, watch for vehicular and foot traffic.
Do they suit your needs? If you do not feel safe, trust your instincts and move
on. If you do feel comfortable, come back and do the same thing late in the
evening, but be very careful in unfamiliar areas.
Do not limit yourself to just one location. In a day, you should be able to
check out four or five locations, then pick the one that works the best to you.
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Can I get statistics about a specific
neighborhood within the city limits of Orlando?
We do not separate statistics by neighborhoods unless there is a need. This is a
very costly process, and although the movies make this sort of thing seem
simple, the parameters must be set, including dates, times, and areas. First of
all, insure the neighborhood is within the city limits of Orlando. Much of
unincorporated Orange County is called “Orlando,” but is within the jurisdiction
of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. If the neighborhood is within their
jurisdiction, you will have to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 407-836-3700. For
information about a specific address or neighborhood, in Orlando, please
telephone 407-246-2406 to request a crime report from our Records Unit. If you
are unsure whether the area is Orange County or Orlando, look at the street
signs. An orange indicates Orange County, a representation of the Eola Fountain
is within Orlando’s city limits. If you need further assistance determining the
jurisdiction, you may call our Complaint Desk for assistance at 321-235-5300.
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I am coming to Orlando to visit. Where are the safe
areas and hotels?
The area referred to as “Orlando” actually spans three counties and numerous
cities. We are a community that lives by our reputation as a safe destination,
and we work very hard to maintain a high level of security. By most accounts we
have been successful toward that goal. This is not to say that one should let
their guard down or leave their common sense at home. If you do drive into an
area and feel uncomfortable, drive on. Lock you car doors and do not leave your
hotel doors open to enjoy that balmy Florida breeze. This is asking for problems.
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