Hi Michael, why not use Trulia's amazing maps to discover whether or not this is a safe area or not. Check out : http://www.trulia.com/for_sale/Redwood_City,CA/x_map/#for_sale/Redwood_City,CA/16_zm/37.482086,37.494452,-122.245802,-122.215022_xy/density_pcrimes/x_map/
The crime maps are available for every single place in the country, but interpreting the data is a bit tricky. Basically what you need to know is that the red areas can be pretty unsafe for that given COUNTY. I use all caps on county because you can't compare between counties on this map. This is a rather high crime area of san mateo county mostly due to its downtown rwc location near the county jail. Otherwise, it is pretty decent and improving all the time, as RWC is overall!
- Full disclosure: I work at Trulia and am responsible for the maps...I am not an agent but I do live in redwood city.