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How Safe is Your Community?

November 16th, 2015 · states, Washington

Everyone wants to feel safe in their community.  Being able to research the crimes in your community or city is a great way to become knowledgeable and well-informed.

Many cities, counties and states provide online crime data through GIS maps.  The maps generally provide information accessible by crime type, incident date or address.  You can access a number of available links through our “Crimes and Crime Data Resources” website.  Below are easy to follow instructions.

Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website.  On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, choose “Crimes and Crime Data” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.”  Choosing this link will take you to our main “Crimes and Crime Data” website.

Main “Crimes and Crime Data” website.  On the “Crimes and Crime Data” page, you can choose national crime links including a link to view crime data by state, county or city.  The “Crime Mapping” link provides a national map for nationwide crime data by address. When finished, click on “Return to Results.” You can also access crime links by state on this main “Crimes and Crime Data” page.  Click on Washington State, as an example.

“Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” website.  On this “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” page, scroll down to “King County” and click on the “City of Seattle Crime Maps” link.

On Seattle’s crime maps website, you can view: Crimes Against Persons; Assisting the Public; Drugs and Vice; Property Crime and Theft; Fire Response, and more, by entering a City of Seattle address or by selecting a neighborhood.  The results include the type of crime, date and time of the incident, and incident id number. The actual police reports can be viewed through free online registration using the “City of Seattle Police Reports” website.

When you finish viewing the Seattle link, you can return to the main “Washington Crimes” page by clicking on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner of the page.

Additional “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” searches. Many of the counties and cities in Washington State offer online crime data.  You can choose another municipal link to search, and again, click on “Return to Results,” when done.

“Free Public Records Search Directory” website.  On the “Washington Crimes and Crime Data Directory” page, choose “Home” to return to our main website page.  On the main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website page, you can use the same steps to search other types of public records such as Assessor Records; Birth Records; Voter and Election Information, and more.   Some of the specific legal-related records include: Court Records; Jail and Inmate Records; Sex Offender Registration; Warrants, and more.

We hope that you have found your community’s crime-related information so that you can make an informed decision about the safety of the community where you live.

We strive to provide a website that is user-friendly and one that provides easy access to a number of valuable public records.

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Warrants and Most Wanted Persons

September 12th, 2015 · North Carolina, states, Using Public Records

One of the many types of public records available through our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website are links to national, state, county and city warrant and most wanted persons websites. You might be surprised at the number and type of links available. The following is a sample of the available links.

Type of Warrant Links.
• National Links – ATF Wanted Persons / FBI Most Wanted / Immigration Most Wanted
• State Links – DEA Fugitives (Drug Enforcement Administration)
• County Sheriff Links – Child Support Warrants / Most Wanted Sex Offenders
• City Police Links – Most Wanted Persons / Warrants

As you can see from the above list, the type of warrants are varied and can be used for many different purposes including use by other municipalities and the general public. Having access to this type of information online can make apprehension of fugitives easier for law enforcement agencies, and provide the public a way to investigate suspicious individuals or confirm their own child support information. If you would like to search a warrants link, the following will provide step-by-step instructions.

1. Main Page. On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, choose “Warrants” under “Search Public Records by Type of Record.” Choosing “Warrants” will take you to our main “Warrant Records Resources” page.

2. Select State or National Link. On the “Warrant Records Resources” page, click on one of the national links for information about wanted persons or fugitives including the “FBI Most Wanted” link or the “U.S. Marshals Service – 15 Most Wanted” link. If you’re interested in state, county or city warrant links, click on the name of the state. As an example, choose “North Carolina” to access our “North Carolina Warrants Directory” page.

3. Choose Link. On the “North Carolina Warrants Directory” page, scroll to the link that you’d like to view and click on the link. The City of Burlington Police Department’s “Most Wanted Persons” website provides names of the most wanted persons, photos, last known address and charges.

4. Return to North Carolina Warrants. In order to return to the “North Carolina Warrants Directory” page, click on “North Carolina Warrants” in the upper margin of the page. Choose another link such as Catawba County “Child Support Wanted Persons” for the names, photos and amount owed by persons wanted for child support. Again, when through viewing a website, you can click on either “North Carolina Warrants” to return to the main North Carolina warrants page or “Home” located in the upper left hand corner of the page to return to the “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page.

5. Public Record Searches. On our “Free Public Records Search Directory” main page, you can search over 25 different categories of national, county and city public records. Most records are free to search with some records available through a paid service. When online access is not available, contact information is provided.

When you’re ready to get started, check out our October 2014 blog article titled – How to Use “Free Public Records Search Directory” for more step-by-step information about using our site.  We strive to provide a user friendly website to help you conduct your research as smoothly and effectively, as possible.

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What’s Your Property’s Assessed Value?

August 31st, 2015 · North Carolina, Using Public Records

Would you like to know the “assessed value” of your property? All 50 states at the county or city level assign an “assessed value” to each property in its jurisdiction for taxing purposes. Using our “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” website, you can access a number of online property information links offered by most counties or cities.

Type of information available. Some of the property information available includes but is not limited to:
• Current Owner Name
• Address of Property
• Physical Description of Property
• Legal Description of Property
• Sales History
• Photos, Parcel Maps and Interactive GIS Maps
• Document Recording Information

Ways to use information. If you’re planning to sell your property anytime soon, you can compare your assessed value with the value of a comparable property in order to get a sense of the current market value for your own property. Not only can you research values but also ownership of the house down the street, the sales history of a potential purchase or find historic photos and maps of your own property.

How to get started. Using our “Free Public Records Search Directory” website, choose “Assessor and Property Tax Records” under the “Type of Record” heading. On the main “Assessor and Property Tax Records Resources” page, you can click on the name of a state to research. North Carolina counties have a number of helpful links so click on North Carolina, as an example, to access the “North Carolina Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory.”

Choose a link. Scroll to a specific link and click on the link, such as Alamance County “Property Search.” You can search property by owner name, location address, parcel account number or North Carolina state id map number. After entering the information, such as owner name, click the search button.

Research results. The Alamance County search results include all of the properties meeting your search criteria including parcel id, owner name, location address, and owner account number. Upon clicking on a specific property, additional information provided includes the assessed value, name of grantor, sale date, sales price and document book and page number.

Return to results page. In order to return to the “North Carolina Assessor and Property Tax Records Directory” page, click on “Return to Results” located in the upper right hand corner. On the main page, you can choose another link to search. Alexander County has a great website “GIS/Real Estate Maps” which provides regional property searches using GIS maps. Searches can be done by owner name, pin number or parcel id for the following counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Iredell and Lincoln. This website offers the benefit of using just one site rather than six county sites for the same information.

Main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website. When done with your search, click on “Home” in the upper left hand corner to return to our main “Free Public Records Search Directory” website. On this page, you can choose from a variety of public records to research including land records and deeds, laws and codes, birth and death records, GIS maps, and more.

We’re certain that this article will provide you with helpful information to get you started on your research no matter which state or type of record. Be sure to check our blog archives for past articles and watch for future articles about using our website for your research needs.

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