Very broad question. Your best bet would be to go to the local police station and get crime statistics. You can also go online and look for sex offenders etc. I wish you the best of luck. Its hard picking a neighborhood sometimes.
That is a very subjective question and the answer can vary depending on who you ask and what you are used to. Your best bet would be to do research into crime statistics in the area via the local police precinct and on Google. Also you want to talk to some local business owners and see how they feel about the area. Talk to people you know who live in the area and lastly spend some time in the area and get a feel for the lay of the land so to speak (do this late at night!).
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