My dad lived in Merced for 8 years ( I am now selling his home) on W Highway 140 with no incidents of crime. I had the opportunity to meet his neighbors recently at an estate sale I held and was very impressed. Very nice people with a wonderful sense of community. This seems like a nice little place and in the summer the evenings under the patio are wonderful. My Dad and I used to play cards out there.
Hope this helps.