I would like to suggest that questions directed to law enforcement be more specific such as asking for public documented information on crime rates, accidents reported....etc. TV channels may be helpful and so are news media. It will need research efforts and if you have children, visiting the county school board information on schools will be very helpful. Also visiting City website to learn about different area demographics I find to be most helpful.
Best of luck
Often the best source for accurate information of this nature is through the local police department or sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and accurate information and will likely be able to speak to the issues of different neighborhoods.