Best of luck on your journey!
I certainly understand your concerns. I would recommend that you contact the local Police Department. They will be able to bring you up to speed on what type of calls and activity if any, have taken place in the neighborhood. Also, have you driven through the neighborhood at diffent times during the day? I always recommend for my clients to drive through a neighborhood once in the morning, afternoon, and evening, to get a feel for the neighborhood. You can also walk through the neighborhood and introduce yourself to some of the neighbors as a prospective buyer and ask them what their thoughts are with regards to the neighborhood. Good luck!