When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
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Hi Nell, sorry to beat the "find a good agent to help you" drum, but this is just what you should do. I welcome inquires like this and am happy to help by providing the information because I know that it is an opportunity that may reap rewards at some future date when you may be looking fo an agent to sell your homes. Find yourself an agent with that perspective in your area and you should have the info you need. And then when the time comes to sell, reward that agent with your consideration.
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