Hello Boggles, and thanks for your question.
As a former resident of Los Altos, I can say that its charmed is derived by the feeling of a smaller town, with the benefits of living near larger cities. The town of Los Altos is known both for its safety as well as its wonderful schools, and in the past, Los Altos had been voted one of the top 100 places to live in America.
The Police Department in Los Altos annually reports crime statistics on their website, which you can view at http://www.ci.los-altos.ca.us/police/crime-stats.html.
You'll notice that while Los Altos is not completely devoid of crime, the City's incidences of serious crimes are almost non-existent. This lower crime rate has also been recognized by insurance industries as moving to Los Altos from other towns may result in reduced home contents and car insurance rates.
Los Altos is also very well known for their excellent, award winning schools. To view the STAR test scores and APIs for Los Altos Schools, as well as to learn about each of the schools in Los Altos, check out this website: http://www.losaltos.k12.ca.us.
Thanks to a very active PTA, all of the schools (and students) in Los Altos benefit from the interaction of community and education. Each year, the school district coordinates many wonderful activities for the studens (and families) including walk-a-thons, family movie nights, school auctions, school art displays at the local Hillview Community Center, and (coming up this weekend) the Junior Olympics. Several of the schools in the district are undergoing extensive renovations, and Los Altos Education Fund or "LAEF", which is supported by donations from the community, has been able to affect lower class sizes while making up for falling state and government spending.
For more information about Los Altos, you can check out their website at http://www.ci.los-altos.ca.us.
If you need any other information about Los Altos, please feel free to email or contact me.
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty