It is unethical for Realtors to answer this question direct. Therefore, I concur with Bill that looking to local crime reports through the net would be more helpful as well as driveby day and night and asking residents of the area.
Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
Often the best resource for crime and safety concerns is the local police department or the county sheriff's department. they have access to the most current and reliable information and are normally very willing to be helpful.