If you are wanting to protect your investment, I would consider purchasing a Condo or Townhome. It is generally much easier and quicker to sell a condo or townhome.
As for areas, I honestly recommend looking at Condos or Townhomes around West End, Hillsboro Village, Green Hills, and Sylvan Park. The prices should be very similar to what you are looking at, but your resale values will likely be higher, and as a plus, it is closer to downtown.
For example, consider this information on Sylvan Park, with links to Sylvan Park townhomes and condos for sale:
Best advice that I can give regarding the safety of an apartment complex would be contact the local police department. They will be happy to provide you with the information you are looking for. They will tell you how often they are called out and for what reasons they seem to find most common. Example, domestic violence, theft etc.... more