As licensed real estate agents, we cannot steer you towards or away from a certain area. We would violate fair housing laws. But, as Brek said, we can help you find a home in the area you prefer to live.
If you are concerned about crime, school systems, etc., you can call the police department and get crime information. You can also visit the schools and meet with the principal. That will often help you get familiar with the school.
I also suggest driving through different areas at different times of the day and week.
I hope that helps. Let me know if I can be of assistance.