I live here with a home on 2.5 acre site, LOW crime rate, great neighbors, MANY of retirement age.
We just love it here. MYU office is in my home as I market mostly foreclosed properties and do not need a fancy city office.
Feel free to call me.
vickie at 719-647-0714 or my cell at 719-821-5571
I grew up there and have family still there as well so I visit often. I also do quite a bit of business down there as well so I would love to help you with the financing if and when you decide. http://www.lendingmaven.com
My opinion is that the crime has increased but not anything more than any other city. It is a very family oriented town so you will see many generations of families who live there still. I would not worry, Pueblo West is the newly developed part of town so you won't come in contact with many of the issues you fear.
You can ask yourself to the residents of the area by joining forums, here is a good website http://www.city-data.com that you can ask questions, have more information about the area easily.
Hope it helps!