I recommend that you check out http://newsok.com/crimewatch This is a local news station here and you can check out via an interactive map all the crimes reported in an area of the city.
As an active Real Estate agent, I can not TELL you about crimes in an area. I can only point you to research material to help you look it up yourself.
Best of luck and good luck to your son. If I may be of any assistance whatsoever, please do not hesitate to call on me.