Home prices have been rising in most areas. It is a matter of supply and demand. As supply goes down, prices go up and as demand increase prices go up. Demand will also be higher with lower interest rates because more people can afford to buy and rates are still at historic lows.... more
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.