Best should be defined and based on your wants, needs, lifestyle, etc.; therefore visit areas of interest more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals, etc. When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department 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.