I am wondering what exactly you are looking for, because then putting all your requirements and wishes together we could potentially come up with area information for you.... Also what type of property you are looking for,and your price range and size of home and why did you think about the Patch in the first place It always depends on what it is that YOU want in your neighborhood to decide where to buy, for some it is close to transportation, for others close to school, for others close to downtown or close to work etc. etc., For when it comes to your question of safe I would suggest to check the police blotter, and check out the neighborhood amenities time permitting....
Take care and good luck in your home search!
Edith Karoline YourRealtor4Life!
Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients