As Realtors, our job is to get you into YOUR perfect house. That means that we try to keep our own opinions about perceived conditions, like safety, to ourselves. In fact, it is a violation of the Federal Fair Housing Law to "steer" a client to or away from a neighborhood.
Before buying your own home, it's a great idea to check out the neighborhood for yourself, to make sure it fits your needs. You may want to try these methods when considering making a new community your home.
1. Drive around yourself! This way you can get a feel for things that might be important to you, like sidewalks and street lamps.
2. Talk to the local police officers. They can give you very frank answers that can help you determine if you would be comfortable living in a particular area.
3. The United States Department of Justice maintains a database of convicted sex offenders. You can view your area HERE.
4. CrimeReports and SpotCrime are two services that collect police and crime reports. The maps may not be completely updated though, so these reports shouldn't be your only source.
Don't be afraid to ask your realtor if they know of any other resources in your community. A home is a place where you should feel your best!