2017-18 crime stats for Winston Downs

Winston Downs is included in the Washington, Virginia-Vale statistical neighborhood, which encompasses a wider area than just our neighborhood.

This is a crime statistics map for Washington, Virginia-Vale  (Winston Downs is outlined in orange).  Click on the map to enlarge it:

crime, Winston Downs

Crime statistics for Washington-Virginia Vale (includes Winston Downs)


Click here for the crime stats in table format.

Crime stats for this neighborhood can also be accessed this way:

  • The Denver Police Department page at www.denvergov.org has a “Crime Information” tab where you can find monthly crime data sorted by Statistical Neighborhoods.  Note that Winston Downs is one of several subdivisions within the “Washington Virginia Vale” statistical neighborhood.
  • There is also an interactive map which can be sorted by date and neighborhood, plotting the crime locations on a map.
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Selling your Home: step-by-step

Selling your Home: step-by-step

Some things change fast in real estate: markets go up and down, contract language is updated, mistakes and lawsuits give rise to new regulations and rulings.   But other things remain the same, year after year.  Here are the things our Colorado Department of Real Estate (DORA) wants you to know about the process of selling your home:

Determine goals or outcome: Once the decision to sell has been made, a number of other questions come to mind. What is a fair price under the current market conditions? What are the current market conditions? How can the property be marketed most effectively? How long will the process take and how should I proceed with future plans? Who will be able to help with contract and closing requirements? Some sellers have the experience and expertise to answer these questions, many others would prefer professional assistance from a real estate broker and/or an attorney.

Interview and select a broker: The process for selecting a broker is described in the section titled “How to Select a Real Estate Broker“. As a seller, pricing and marketing issues are very important. Everyone wants to make sure they get the best possible price and terms. Proper preparation will assist you in reaching that goal.

Competitive Market Analysis: The brokers that you interview will want to take a careful look at your property in order to gather information to help them estimate its value. This estimate is not an appraisal, but a competitive market analysis. This is a tool that will allow you to compare your property with similar properties recently sold and currently on the market.

Marketing Strategy: Newspapers, yard signs, open houses, internet, multiple listings service? How should your property be marketed? What kinds of advertising really pay off? What works for sellers in my price range? A broker who knows your area will be able to help you devise a marketing plan based on previous successes.

The Listing Agreement: The listing agreement is the written contract whereby a property owner hires a real estate broker to market real property and provide services. A listing contract describes the property ( address and legal description), the listing price and the terms that are acceptable to the seller. The listing also outlines the compensation that the broker is to receive. A listing may specify a percentage of the selling price, a flat fee or any other negotiated agreement mutually acceptable to the parties (the seller and the broker are the parties to the listing contract) as compensation to the real estate broker. Colorado brokers are required to use listing contracts approved by the Colorado Real Estate Commission.

Preparing for a Showing: Your broker can give you good advice about how to prepare your property for showing. Common sense applies, but a trained third party observer can help you to make the best possible first impression on prospective purchasers. A thorough clean-up, a little fresh paint or minor repairs can help show your property in a favorable light.

Counteroffers: An offer to purchase made by a prospective buyer has no limits on what price or terms it may contain. An offer that mirrors the listing’s asking price and terms may be common under certain market conditions, however, from a purchaser’s point of view, it may represent a minor issue in a search for an exceptional value. A licensed real estate broker is required to submit all offers regardless of it’s terms. The seller always has the option of accepting or rejecting an offer that does not meet his or her requirements. If the terms do not meet with the sellers approval, a counter offer may be utilized as an attempt at compromise rather than dismissing what might be a qualified prospective purchaser.

A Commission approved “Counter Proposal” form is used to modify the terms of an offer to purchase. Once a counter offer is made, the terms of the original offer have been rejected and the seller proposes new terms. The original purchaser then has the option of rejecting or accepting the new terms.

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8 Ways to Stop Burglary

8 Ways to Stop Burglary

If you’re locked out of your home, can you still get in through an unlocked window in the back, or using an extra key hidden under a flowerpot or up on a ledge?

If you can break in, so can a burglar! A small investment of time and money can make your home more secure and can reduce your chances of being a victim of burglary, assault, or vandalism.

Know your neighbors. Watchful neighbors who look out for you, as well as themselves, are a front-line defense against crime. In almost half of all residential burglaries, thieves enter through an unlocked door or unlocked window.

Check The Locks

Make sure every external door has a sturdy, well-installed deadbolt lock with a minimum of 1-1/2″ bolt. Secure sliding glass doors with commercially available locks or with a broomstick or wooden dowel in the track to jam the door, in case someone tries to pry it open. Insert a pin in a hole drilled in the sliding door frame that goes through to the fixed frame to prevent anyone from lifting the door off its track.

Secure double-hung windows by using keylocks or by sliding a bolt or nail through a hole drilled at a downward angle in top corners of the inside sash and partway through the outside sash. Secure basement windows too. The hole should be large enough that the nail or bolt slides in and out freely, in case you have to open the window fast in an emergency.

Don’t hide keys in mailboxes, planters, or under doormats. Give an extra key to a neighbor you trust.

If you’ve just moved into a new house, have the locks changed.

Check The Doors

Locks aren’t effective if they’re on flimsy doors. Make sure all exterior doors are metal or solid, 1-3/4″ hardwood.

Doors should fit tightly in their frames, with hinge pins on the inside.

Install a peephole or wide-angle viewer in all entry doors, so you can see who is outside without opening the door. Door chains are not security devices-they break easily and won’t keep out an intruder.

Check The Outside

To discourage burglars from selecting your home as their target of opportunity, make sure to:

Trim shrubbery that hides doors or windows. Cut tree limbs that could help a thief climb into windows.

Turn on outside lights after dark to illuminate porches, entrances and yards, front and back. Consider timers that turn on outside lights, or install motion detectors.

Keep your yard well maintained.

Store ladders and tools inside your locked garage, basement, or storage shed when you’re not using them.

Clearly display your house number, so police and other emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.

Keep up the appearance of the neighborhood. Broken street lights, abandoned cars, vacant buildings, graffiti, litter and run-down areas attract crime. Work with the local government and your neighbors to organize community clean-up days.

Put lights and a radio on timers to create the illusion that someone is at home when you go away. Leave shades, blinds and curtains in normal positions. Stop the mail and newspapers, or ask a neighbor to take them in.

Update your home inventory, listing pilferable items like VCRs, stereos, cameras and computers. Take photos or make videos of items, list descriptions and serial numbers. Check with law enforcement about Operation Identification-engraving your valuables. If your home is burglarized, this can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.

What About Alarms?

If you have valuables in your home, or if you live in an isolated area or a neighborhood vulnerable to break-ins, consider an alarm system. Before you invest in alarms:

Check with several companies and decide what level of security fits your needs. Sources of information include your local police department, the public library, and the Better Business Bureau.

Look for an established company and check its references before using them.

Learn how to use your system properly. If you continually set off false alarms, your neighbors will ignore the noise, and you could even be fined by local law enforcement agencies.

Burglars Can Take More Than Your Property

Burglars generally don’t want to run into their victims. But if they’re surprised by someone coming home, or if they pick an occupied home, someone may get hurt.

If you see a screen that has been cut, a broken window, or a door that’s been left open, don’t go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s house or a public phone.

If you hear a noise that sounds like someone breaking in or moving around, quietly call the police and wait calmly until they arrive. If you can leave safely, do so. Otherwise, lock yourself in a room, or, if the intruder enters the room you are in, pretend to be asleep.

Guns can be stolen and sold and used on you or the police. If you own a gun, learn how to store and use it safely.

Beyond Locks And Alarms

Join or help start a Neighborhood Watch group. If one doesn’t exist, ask your police or sheriff’s department to help you start one.

Look around for things that could contribute to crime-poor street lighting, abandoned cars, vacant lots, littered playgrounds with broken equipment, homes that elderly people have trouble maintaining. Help organize a neighborhood clean-up/fix-up day.

Source: United Against Crime, KMGH news

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