If to determine 'safe neighborhoods' is to only consider crime,then you will see high priced neighborhoods, like East Sacramento (95819) showing high crimes, just as well as lower priced neighborhoods. So the question of 'safe' depends on what you want to measure for safety.
Here are some websites that I have gleaned before off of Trulia from some of the highly knowledgable realtors here. These refer to crime records. There are other websites for other factors that might give a buyer information related to their idea of 'safe'. Some may or may not still be active:
Last, the fact is, there are hard and fact LAWS from prohibiting a realtor or professional from STEERING someone from neighborhoods. Just like The Fair Housing and Fair Credit laws, these laws are to protect the consumer.
A realtor will provide you whatever information you need to make an informed decision. Some other factors you might want to conside. Being located in San Jose, I'm assuming you're looking for investment property? If so, you might also want to consider some other factors, as well.
Good luck to you!!
As realtors, we cannot designate areas as 'safer' than others, for both legal reasons and for logical reasons as even the million dollar home areas experience some risk for safety. We can, however, be the 'source of the source' and provide you resources where you can learn information such as crime reporting, tenant laws in terms of nondiscrimination, and proper obligations of landlord/tenant relations. school testing scores, and various other information where you can become informed in selecting investment properties that meet your interests. It's best to be sensitive to legal issues involved in buying investment property, and the ultimate selection of tenants for those properties.
If you are specific as to your question on what information you would like to review, I'm sure we can give you even more resources to help.
As you see by now, we real estate agents can't answer a question like that. As a professor of real estate also, one thing I tell my students is that while we cannot give our own opinion of particular neighborhoods, we can encourage our buyers to do some investigating.
While crime reports are one way, I also advise that you drive through a neighborhood you might be considering in the evening hours. In addition, I recently had an investor client who wanted to buy a rental property in the Carmichael area, but the unit was only a block away from some apartments and he was concerned about the potential crime component. Besides having him take a drive around at night, I also encouraged him to knock on some of the neighbors doors and ask them how the crime and noise seemed to be. People will share with you what they know----it's just that real estate agents have certain codes of conduct that do not allow us to pass judgment or give advice on any particular area.
Hope that helps a little :-)
Unfortunately, real estate agents are prohibited from giving you this information because we are governed by the Fair Housing Act.
However, I suggest you check out the City of Sacramento Police Department's Crime Mapping website. You can search by type of crime (or choose all crimes), and you can even select a specific neighborhood. It's pretty cool. Here is the link: http://maps.cityofsacramento.org/website/sacpd/