To safeguard against discriminatory or "red-lining" practices, neither realtors nor police are allowed to verbally appraise or compare neighborhood crime records with potential homebuyers.
However, local police departments are allowed to share reports and statistics, much of which savvy computer users can also explore online.
To get Minneapolis' neighborhood-by-neighborhood crime data in downloadable Xcel or Adobe pdf formats, go to www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/citywork/police/stats/codefor/index.asp. There are other links to information on the page that will help provide context for and make sense of the numbers.
When viewing these reports, keep in mind that not all neighborhoods are the same size. To better compare areas, you'll have to go to another Web site to get an area's population to then figure per capita crime rates. These are available at www.nrp.org/R2/Neighborhoods/Summary/NbhdSummary.html. Click on the area of interest on the map, and a window will pop up containing population and other information (most of which is in the lower third). These pop-up reports also show an area's ethnic diversity per the most recent Census, as well as offer an idea of neighborhoods homeowner-to-renters ratio.
Police precinct maps and other Minneapolis crime statistics information is also available at www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-statistics/.