many is a relative term. Yes there are breakins and robbery in this area. Generally if you leave valuables in you car over time and most likely during the summer they will disapear from your vehicle. There are folks with substance abuse problems living in the area and not far away (literally across the tracks).
My house was broken into twice over about 12 years and they are generally looking for quick cash items easy to pawn or sell, electronics, jewelry, cash. My daughters coin bank was stolen along with a canon slr camera and several silver dollar coins. A couple of cameras over the years and a DVD collection from my wife's van have recently acquired a new owner.
A burgular alarm and homeowners insurance are highly recommended I have the latter not the former. My neighbor has an alarm and a dog and has yet to have his home burgularlized. This is a transient neighborhood, mostly students, and older people most on a fixed income and the theives are just passing through looking for easy marks. If you have a lawnmower and it is not behind lock, it will roll away.
Another benefit is DWIs passing through the neighborhood, usually in the summer and early Saturday or Sunday morning after the bars close betwee 1:00 am and 5:00am. I suspect the bar patrons try to find alternative routes home hoping to bypass police check points that are sometimes used to nab drunk drivers after the bars close.
We have experienced and or witnessed at least 5 different drunk driving incidents during the past 10 years with at least 1 hit and run. Thankfully no one has been seriously injured in these preventable acts. Not a quiet neighborhood but generally enjoyed because it is near the park and convient to the interstate, UAB and downtown.