First of all, no city is completely 100% safe and you always have to be on your guard.
But don't just take it from me, Ray the Realtor. I spent several years as a Deputy Sheriff in Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, & Rancho Cucamonga & then more as a Police Officer in Pomona. When it comes to gangs and crime, I've seen it all. When I take buyers out to show homes, the things I look for that many don't notice are the telltale signs of crime. Many times, when buying a home, the excitement can block your view of things that I notice right away. And I use my particular set of skills, education, expertise and experience to help my clients find the right place to live. Take a drive around at different times of the day and night and on weekends, especially Friday and Saturday nights. Go to the police station and ask to speak with the officer that handles that beat during swing shift. He or she can give you far more insight than anyone else here.
Also, take a look at the following website for more detailed info on crime in this and any other area you may be interested in: https://www.crimereports.com/ You can check out the flood map here as well: http://www.cityofhemet.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/706
Your BEST option, if you're serious about purchasing a home is to get with a Realtor who knows the area and can help you through the process. That's the FIRST and foremost step in finding a safe home. Check with friends and family to see if they can refer someone to you or research sites, such as this one to find a good professional Realtor.
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Ray Wright Realtor
Keller Williams Realty