I'd recommend you start your search using Trulia's Crime Maps to orient yourself with the different neighborhoods and the types of crimes committed in each neighborhood (ie violent crimes are much different than speeding tickets).
Hope this helps, be safe!
Ali, Community Manager
Yes, Nereida is correct. Spot Crime is a good place to look as well as your local sherrifs site. As Realtors, we can not tell you what is safe and what is not safe, it not our place to do so; however you can always call the local police/sherrifs office and ask and they will be more than happy to share the information with you.
when you get closer, you can give me a shout. I work with a couple of landlords that work exclusivly in section 8 housing and we can probably find you something.