When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
If schools are a concern, research on your own; don't simply just entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you. Perhaps the links below may be of help...
As to the commute, perhaps a test run could determine if your comfort level can be reached.