I suggest that you check out the crime mapping feature on atlantapd.org - the site is down this morning, but the mapping will tell you a lot about specific crimes and patterns.
I love living where I live in Kirkwood, and I drive by Maynard and McPherson on my way to EATL at least 5-6 times a week.
Are you thinking about one of those houses at the corner on McPherson, across Maynard from the union hall?
Are you thinking about being on the side of McPherson that does not back up to I20?
Are you thinking about not living on Maynard Terrace at all? These would be a good thoughts to keep at the forefront of your purchasing criteria...
The real estate fundamentals over here matter more than the "safety" issue...in my opinion, APD's Zone 6 is one of the best areas of the city to live in, but if you choose the wrong location, and if you choose the wrong house with the wrong immediate neighbors, then woe unto you...
Here's a cut and paste from an answer I gave on Trulia Voices a few months ago about my neighborhood, Kirkwood:
"Is Kirkwood safe? Well, let's look at it like I do when I'm advising my clients-qualifying a Kirkwood purchase starts with understanding that your Kirkwood purchase requires a street by street, immediate neighbor by immediate neighbor evaluation. Choose the right house. Once you purchase, choose to be practical with basic, smart security.
Is Kirkwood "safe?"
Well, we had a storm 3 weeks ago that ripped down some old growth trees and if you were standing underneath one of those trees, then you were certainly in an "unsafe" part of Kirkwood that night."
Otherwise, buy on a quiet, tree-lined EATL street. Don't buy at the mouth of an I20 interchange...
If you want to meet and arrange a tour of the area with me, then please call.