The area has had a bad rep for years. However, the residents are working very hard to clean it up. One thing, often enough it is not the people that live in the community, it's the outside criminals that make it their way of life. Really any where you look there is an element for crime. One just needs to be aware of their surroundings. The media doesn't help when they televise areas where law enforcement has been reduced due to budget cuts. Talk to other residents and drive through during the day and night, as well as on the weekends to satisfy your comfort zone. Home invasions and burglaries happen everywhere. Career criminals often look for homes with no security systems, or parade themselves as solicitors/survey takers, etc., looking for an easy hit. Leave an outside light on and add night lights in a few rooms. Toss an old pair of men's work boots on the porch. If I am going outside to take out trash, check mail or do laundry, I often yell out a few words to my invisible insignificant other. The appearance that you are not alone lessens the thought that you are "an easy target". I also carry pepper spray (Amazon has it for $5-$10), and I am not shy to vocalize a little hysteria if needed. Good Luck to you and your house hunting! (PS, use a good Realtor, they want you to be safe and positive feedback via social media goes a long way!). STEVE GOLDBERG in Fairfield was excellent to work with and I let it be known to all.