You should do a Google search using the zip code and the words "crime statistics." You can also visit the local police precinct. Similar to beauty being in the eyes of the beholder... this is a subjective question and different people may have different perceptions of an area. You need to research it and see for yourself. Do you know people in the area? Talk to local store owners as well. Good luck!
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If you want to get an idea of its relative safety, go to the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon and talk to some of the people who live there. Ask them. And then get in your car and observe what it's like on Saturday night. That'll also give you an idea.
Hope that helps.