If you are concerned about safety, as already stated, your best source of information is the local police department, why not visit/call ask all your questions. they'll gladly help. See link for additional information.
Are you talking with people who live there or just "heard" something? Personally I've found some VERY nice areas there. You should really consult with a local buyers agent experienced in Newton, go over your interests, needs, wants, and other pertinent housing interests and they can guide you in selecting areas & types of properties that might interest you. Alot will depend on what you want & value.... more