All the suggestions my peers have made in the previous answers are wise to follow. One additional suggestion I have for you is to go directly to the local Police or Sheriff station and obtain an overview of the calls they receive for the neighborhood you are buying your home in. I always do this to make sure I have the most up to date stats from the local law enforcement experts.
Eddie Ardeshir Safa
Broker / Realtor / Bachelor in Economics
AXES Group Inc
Downtown Los Angeles Realtor