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.
I have the ceramic tile wood look and love it. Everyone always thinks their real wood floors, best thing ever made and so easy to take care of. I recommend this over laminate. The laminate is known to come up and the tile is definitely a better choice. Hope this help... more