I like to read the minutes from the Neighborhood Boards, to give me a feel for what's going on:
(RA) MBA, e-PRO, REALTORÂ®
East Oahu Realty
There are a number of sites that you can go to get statistics. One of which is http://www.bestplaces.net/. Another approach is to talk with the police and fire department. The obvious of course is to speak with a neighbors in the area of where you are thinking of buying. This way you will not only get a feel the crime in the area but they can give you additional information about the area that you can not get anywhere else.
Much of what you would get in a forum like this is subjective. You should view the actual statistics at the state's website OR even better... go speak to the local Police dept or community liason.