The best way is to five around on friday night in the exact area you like, or simply google map the surrounding homes. A quick call to the non emergency line at the police department in the community you are considering has more than enough opinions for a simple 5 minute call. As a father I simply may share the opinion that the scariest part of planning is guessing right?
Feeling overwhelmed = Underplanning. Any realtor will be happy to answer questions or simply tour the obvious areas when you visit to insure your level of comfort.
What factors are most important to feel safe?
security gated screen door
large lot size
well lit streets
cul de sac
what is most important and what area are you moving to?
Happy to help with 18 years experience and 3 kids, I can see the concerns, Michael J 206-200-1234 in Seattle Real Estate.