I would also suggest to drive by the area several times, during the day, during the night, and on the weekend. And neighbors are a wonderful source of info.
I have answered many questions like this before and here is the typical response. You as the buyer have some fiduciary duties to do your own research on the area that you are moving to. Look at crime statistics and other factors that may influence your decision to purchase a home in the area. As Realtors we are bound by a code of ethics and also Fair housing laws that do now allow us to take our personal opinions of an area and project them to our buyers. What is nice to one person will be nasty to another person and vise versa. You as the buyer must do your homework before making a purchasing commitment.
Good luck there are numbers of websites that any realtor can probably give you to help you determine and locate the information that you are looking for.