I find a lot of crime stats to be quite deceiving because most include domestic violence calls which in most cases cases has no direct affect on anyone except the parties involved. I can tell you that having lived in the Raleigh area for close to 22 years now, I have no problem going almost anywhere downtown or in the surrounding area at any time of the day or night. Are there areas I avoid, YES...but then every metropolitan area, no matter what the size, has those areas. If you are looking to move here, my advice is to get up with an Realtor to discuss what you are looking for in a community and price range. That person should never willingly place you in harms way. If there is anything I can do to be of service to you, please don't hesitate to contact me.