I tried a forum search but it's difficult to know what to search under, so apologies if it's been done to death. I found this site http://www.findanewhome.com/?bbcam=1565&itc=0&bbkid=findanewhome&gclid=CJCRw5OplJwCFWIB4wodeUudeg and one of the things they let you do is look at the crime stats for the area compared to nationally. A good experiment is to try looking at areas you know well yourself - the numbers are spot on. That leafy suburb where you think, "Burglary will be high, assaults and theft from vehicles and of vehicles will be low - all new cars with alarms and mobilisers" - sure enough, you're spot on. Shitty area, nobody is ever out, burglary will be pretty low/average, assault and robbery high - sure enough. A useful tool. Combine that with google streetview and you're sorted.