Most every city has it's own local free newspaper, in which they normally have a page that lists all police activity in the area since the last publication. Sometimes called "Police Blog". You can find these newspapers at most local merchants in the area of interest such as supermarkets, 7-11, etc.
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. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ https://www.crimereports.com/ http://www.homefair.com/