I also had a co-worker raped along the trail that surrounds the Cove; her assailant has not been found. It is definitely a good idea to visit the local La Quinta Police Station and ask them about the crime statistics for this area.
And yes this is a great time to purchase a home in that area. Lots of good values there--I'd love to help you with your search.
Camille Victour (760) 636-6989
Keller Williams Realty http://www.YourDesertAgent.com
Since it is not a "gated" neighborhood-- if I lived there, single or married, I would have a security system in place. But that does not mean it's not safe.
Right now is great time to purchase in the cove... I have several clients who are interested in the area right now and I am sending them listings daily.
If I can be of help-- please contact me at KathySchowe.com
Thank you, Kathy