I grew up there and never had anything terrible happen or ever though such a thing could/would ever happen. Maitland is a fantastic neighborhood as is Winter Park if you are near Howell Branch and not on other side of railroad tracks from Park Ave (in Winter Park) You can see almost an instanteous change in neighborhood. Not that it is horrible, but demographic changes to completely minority.
It is safe and the weather is hot, but good. I am a 23yr old female of small size and I guarentee you that it is no less safe than anywhere else.