Good morning, Christina:
You can contact the local police department either in person or by phone. They would be your very best source of information. Good luck!
The area bounded by Western Ave., and Eastern Avenue down to the beach is not the best part of town. There are definitely better areas to purchase in and be more assured of a better return on your investment. The Diamond District, loosely contained within the Ocean Street, Lewis/Broad Streets and Nahant Streets neighborhood lines may be slightly better than the rest of that area, but it's still within a couple blocks of a difficult area that is more congested and made up primarily of a population much less likely to own the homes they live in.