We used to have a very active "neighborhood watch(er)", I'd say it was very safe back when she was still around. I never understood though, why she was so bothered that we did not have living room curtains, when all she did was look after us anyway.

We were quite selective about the neighborhood we bought our house in, because there has been some drug problems in some parts of the city where we live in (even though it feels like in the middle of nowhere at times), the bad part is, that the drug houses move every few years to new nieghborhoods. Crossing fingers they won't consider our part of the city for next 10 years or so...