Check out Trulia's crime map of the East Bay: http://www.trulia.com/crime/#!alameda-ca/13/37.80693,-122.26
It will show you not just the number of crimes committed, but also what type
You can learn more about how our crime maps work at the link below. We hope this is helpful and would love to hear whatever feedback you may have.
I would agree with Bill (below) that safety is a subjective feeling. The best advice I can give to my clients when they are considering buying a home in a new neighborhood is to spend some time there yourself. Drive down the streets at different times of the day to get a feel for the area.
Once you find a house that seems to suit your needs, then spend some more time hanging around that street, maybe take a walk through the neighborhood and see how you feel. If you get a chance, don't be shy, talk to the folks who would be your new neighbors. Often times in Oakland you will find folks who have lived in the same house for many years and can give you an oral history of the neighborhood (and maybe too much info about their neighbors).
Since buying a home is one of the largest investments in your life and it will effect your everday life and the experience of your family, it is worth it to spend the time to really feel what it would be like to live there. I think this is true for any neighborhood!
Best of luck to you,
You can see the visual crime maps yourself here at:
http://www.crimemapping.com/ and http://oakland.crimespotting.org/.
As with all real estate, location location, location. The homes in 94611 currently have a average sales price of ~$740k compared to the median sales price in Oakland of $210k. This puts 94611 at the higher end of the market where less crime should be expected.
http://www.redfin.com/zipcode/94611 vs. http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Oakland-California/market-
But as mentioned below.. it does not matter what area you live in. No area is completely safe from crime, good judgement and safety practices should always be used wherever you are especially at night or when you are alone.
I think you will get more detailed answers from people who live in the area rather than Realtors over at : http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco/
Safety is a very subjective quality and different folks will have different criteria. Some of the other answers have shared websites that give crime statistics for a given area. It would be wise to check out those sites and make comparisons with where you live now or with neighborhoods you feel are safe. You may be surprised at the level of crime activity in a "safe" neighborhood. The Bay area is urban and no urban area is immune from crime. As a real estate professional it is not ethical to give opinions about safety. So you probably won't get the answer you are looking for on this website.
But you willl get lots of resources
The reality still remains that anywhere in the bay area is either an urban environment or close to one.
The majority of the crime we see in 94611 is house and auto burglary. One of the great things about living in this area is that we have a very active community. There are individual neighborhood watch programs as well as an organization called MSIC - Montclair Safety Improvement Counsel. Their focus is on increasing the safety in the area.
I live in the Fernwood district of Montclair and not only do we watch out for crime, we also have regular emergency exercises. We are trained by the CORE (Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergency) program and have supplies/ a plan should there be a major earthquake, fire etc.
Feel free to call or email Me if you'd like further specific information. Another great resource is to google
Every city has an area that may be a little more iffy than others.
If San Francisco was judged only its Tenderloin district, then no one would want to go there.
Besides checking the crime spotting sites like this one http://blog.crimespotting.org/, one should also look for what makes the city a good place to visit, to live in, to do business with....
And...no matter where one lives, one should always exercise good common sense, good safety practices, and have some good city smarts.
Good luck wherever you choose to live.
A couple of things you can do yourself as it is very personal. Go to the area at night, and browse around. Visit the same area on a week day and check it out again. Thta is what every buyer should do anyways. Then when that is done, talk to your agent. I am available to talk.