If you want to be sure of a neighborhood, the best thing to do is drive by there, at different times of the day. Check with your coworkers or friends because they will tell you how it really is.
As realtors we are not allowed to define an area as safe or otherwise. Everyone has a slightly different perception of how they consider a neighborhood.
These 2 web sites can be helpful:
If you would like me to help you search some apartments in that area with your specific criteria, please let me know.
Joe Cano - Realtor/Locator
Realtors cannot comment on whether an area is "safe." Here is a link to reported criminal activity within Zip Code 77008 ...
I also suggest that you drive through the area at several different times of day, as well as on the weekend. You might also want to talk with some residents ... they're very frank about where they live (good or bad) and will provide some great information.
I'd be happy to work with you ... and as a tenant, you would incur no cost, since my fees would be paid by the landlord. If I can be of further assistance, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.