In addition, you should visit Newark in the area you wish to reside at different times during the day to get a feel for the neighborhood. An area could be completely different at night whereas during the day it can look quiet.
I went through the Citizens Police Academy in Fremont (Newark's neighbor) a few years back and I can absolutely tell you the typical city resident only hears about 2% of what actually happens on a daily basis.
Newark is really no different than many US cities, there are areas that are better than others. What makes a particular neighborhood "good" or "safe" is best determined by the individual. Therefore, my suggestion would be to certainly review individual's opinions as to their experiences, but ultimately rely on your own detailed research.
I have found http://www.crimereports.com to be pretty darn good for breaking down incidents in detail along with a mapping feature that geo-locates specific crime events.
This area is an easy ride to the major Bay cities and there is public transportation. The only drawback is that these homes are not on the market very often.
In addition to using the suggested tools that my fellow colleagues have recommended, I advise you to consider spending some time in-and-around the area you intend on moving to. Take a few days to hang out in Newark, get to know the people and drive the neighborhoods. I would even suggest you knock on some doors and telling them that you are considering on making a move to the neighborhood. You'll find out that the local residents are eager to give you their opinion and first-hand knowledge. Regardless of what city you choose, doing this will help you feel a bit more confident of your decision.
I wish you well.
I search my second home throughout South Bay and Fremont and finally bought a home in Newark Lake area. I like this Lake area very much.
With home prices and mortgage rates at an all-time low, congratulations on your decision to buy a home!
All my best,
Sr. Loan Officer
Newark is a great place to live. Itâ€™s a very quiet suburban community with awesome commute access to just about everywhere in the Bay Area. It also has a few outstanding features such as The Lake at Lakeshore Park. It has very low crime stats and a progressive city government. The mayor of Newark is the third longest currently seated mayor in the country. It has added a stability to the city found in few other places. Iâ€™ve lived at the Lake in Newark for many years and thoroughly enjoy living here.
See the cityâ€™s website at http://www.ci.newark.ca.us/