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BURLINGTON, N.C. – Tuesday night, a car and home on Williamson Street in Burlington were shot into.

Some nearby neighbors told FOX8 they recently moved to the area, and did not expect such violence so near to them.

Prior to a move, there are free online tools you can consult to get crime data and make an informed decision.

Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO of Location, Inc., runs one such service -- Neighborhood Scout

"It's so easy to use and it provides so much useful insight right away," he said. "There's a full text description about every neighborhood in America that you can access for free."

Burlington Police Department Captain Rascoe said "Raids" is another way to access crime data near any given address.

"It's another tool for our citizens in the community, part of our transparency," he said. "And people can make informed choices on what neighborhood they want to live in."

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