It would be considered steering for me to comment crime in an area - "labeling" the area as "good or bad"
You are correct to want to know about crime in an area, but unless I have direct knowledge, I cannot just make assumptive statements about crime as this could "label" an area as undesirable that in fact may not be.
If I know about actual crime that has happened related to a home/neighborhood a prospective purchaser is considering then I have to disclose.
There are plenty of agents that will "label" areas assumptively which is in my opinion, steering. I like the Joe Friday approach ... "just the facts"
Referring people to crime statistical web sites is fine, but what if I make a referral to a site that does not have all the data?
I tend to think that Federal Trolls are posting these questions to see if they can catch any dumb agents.