For any area or state, I highly recommend you call the local law enforcement agencies in the area and town you wish to purchase any property and ask for the crime statistics in that area( per capita), and compare them with nearby desired areas prior to making any decisions. You can also check online for the locations where registered sex offenders live( in proximity) to the areas you are searching. Realtors cannot steer anyone towards any particular area, though we certainly do help clients find properties in areas where THEY direct us to search and find properties for them. You are the one who will be buying the property and you are the one who must be pleased with your choice, so it is a good idea to research and do your homework prior to even choosing your agent, which of course, is another decision that ought to require some research, and hopefully even some referrals from others whom you know personally. Good luck in your home buying!