I had to put a security system with webcams and a 6' privacy fence and still had attempted break ins right over the back of the fence on video. There are crack houses in abandoned forclosed homes that after months of incidents are finally shut down only to have another one open nearby. The neighborhood drama is ongoing and by the time the Manatee Sheriffs Department getst there, and they do try but one could be in serious trouble, or worse. The street lighting is horrible, there are no sidewalks except around the Samoset Elementary School.
There is only home depreciation in the area due to the element that prevails...
Best of luck in your home purchase!
I have found http://www.city-data.com to be the best website for aggregating all kinds of useful statistics about any given town or city.
Professionally and ethically, real estate agents should never advise you as to whether or not you should choose a particular area or home based on it's being in a safe or a not so safe area. Visit the link above for exact facts and figures. You might also try driving by the the home at different times of the day or night. Another good idea is to talk with the neighbors.
As you may be aware, there are many great real estate agents in our areaâ€¦ Rather than having all of them answer your question over and over here on Trulia â€“ you might want to consider contacting a qualified real estate professional that you trust who can help you with all the details involved in the purchase of a new home. If our team would be so privileged to earn your business, we would be thrilled to help youâ€¦
Trish Chandler, REALTOR, CDPE
Michael Saunders & Company