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Jun 3, 2016 2:05 PM

Are recent violent crimes to blame for increase in Manchester seller's market?

MANCHESTER — The city has seen its fair share of violent crimes recently, only months after Manchester Police released that violent crime numbers were down last quarter. Today, NH1 News was unable to get in touch with police for any new numbers they may have.

Families outside the inner-city are taking notice and say they can’t help but see more for sale signs in their neighborhoods. Are recent crimes driving people out of Manchester? NH1 News wanted to find answers.

“Crime, education, the neighborhoods, they all play a part in to home sales,” said Jennifer Delisle, an agent with Keller William Metropolitan.

All that may be true and although statistics show Manchester is a great place for selling your home right now, people who live here say they doubt the market is driving people out.

“Maybe because of the reputation Manchester has right now, people may have some reservations about moving to Manchester,” said Marty Birt, who currently resides in Manchester.

Birt and her son are staying with family right now in the Queen City, but the decision to stay or not may have to come soon.

“When I was a kid growing up I knew Manchester as one of the safer cities. Now I don’t even know if I want my son to go to school in Manchester and a lot of people have the same idea as me,” Birt said.

“Manchester has been having a lot of problems right now especially in the downtown area with huge increases with heroin and fentanyl and even been shootings lately,” said Hilary Murphy, a mother of four who also lives in Manchester.

The most recent act of violence although it may be far from Murphy and Birt’s neighborhood in location, clearly not far from people’s minds.

“I mean obviously everyone is hearing about that. It’s gotten to be a more dangerous city in the past years I know,” Birt said.

“Stuff like that doesn’t stay secluded. It will eventually spread to other areas,” Murphy said.

Real estate agents are now having to battle answering questions about crime when showing a Manchester property.

“Big city, maybe big problems but also big rewards, there is a big sense of community,” said Delisle about when clients may show hesitation about buying in Manchester.

Mayor Gatsas wanted to assure families looking to move to the queen city, he and the chief of police talk daily and are working to keep the streets safe.

“More folks out on the beat than ever before and so we are working at it and we are making sure the neighborhoods are safe,” said Mayor Gatsas about the number of recent shootings.

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