Is This A Safe Neighborhood?
That question is as ambiguous as it is difficult to answer and one I do not attempt to answer. First of all what "safe" means to me could be and most probably is entirely different than your idea of what "safe" is. To some folks "safe" is a gated community with 24 hour guard house. To others "safe" may mean you can leave your house unlocked while out running errands.
My blanket statement is: If that is important to you, you should call the local police department and ask questions about the neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods. Another really good way to get a feel for any community you are considering relocating to is simply drive the neighborhood at different times of the day. Knock on a few doors...who better to learn from than the neighbors!
Another great way to search an area is online. There are several sites that list known convicted criminals living in or near the neighborhood you want to know more about. Just to list a few:
Another great site with a ton of information: GreatSchools.org where you can learn about the schools in your chosen community, test scores, school ratings, comparisons, programs and more.
If you need a knowledgeable real estate professional in Madison or Huntsville Alabama area, why don't you let me Google that for you! I also know outstanding agents in all states and Canada should you need help relocating to a new area.