I think Gene makes a great point. If you do not feel safe in the neighborhood, why invest there. I have owned and managed a lot of property over the years and there were properties that I did not like going to visit. As a result, these properties did not receive the level of attention they needed. I now have a policy that if I would not walk the streets of the area, alone, after dark, I will not own or manage in that area. As for how to judge if a neighborhood is safe, contact the local police department. Most jurisdictions have on-line crime maps that are very useful in determining what is going on in a neighborhood.