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/
Buncombe County in conjunction with the City of Asheville has a website that you can use to see the reported crimes in the County and City. This is the link to the website: http://gis.ashevillenc.gov/mapAsheville/crimemapper/
You can enter an address and set a distance to see what kinds and numbers of crimes are reported.
It's a great tool!