Currently I enjoy a neighborhood with very little crime in an urban town that's about 20% below the national average crime index so that's pretty good for a metropolitan area. Last year on a walk I noticed and reported some minor graffiti in the street. The cop's face was stunned and she said "nothing ever happens here."
I grew up as latchkey kid with the run of a town even now still 85% below national average. The biggest trouble maker there was probably my brother.
As an adult in south Florida, my town in Palm Beach County is about 40% below national average crime with the immediate area being even safer. The most dangerous area I lived stateside was the gayborehood Wilton Manors, currently about 23% higher crime than national average.
My worst experience there, and that actually got pretty fucking annoying, was the perverts cruising our side streets at night, which was the only time it was cool enough to walk the dog. Those bastards would circle like shark. It was real creepy. Sometimes I'd flag them over, they'd pull over, lower their tinted windows thinking they were getting dick when all they got was my loud threats to call the cops if they didn't vacate my neighborhood. I scared the hell out of a couple of them.
The very worst area we lived was when I was a kid in the USVI during a period when whites were getting massacred. While we were there, one of my friends was threatened with his life while hitchhiking, and one of my neighbors--as crazy as it sounds or at least as I remember it--had been found in the trunk of his car, body hacked to bits, car tossed off cliff. You'd think he'd have taken the hint the week before when a ring of fire was set around his house.
Sometimes the Cruzan kids would ride bareback on the beach and whip their horses in front of the white folk, blood spilling into the turquoise sea behind our condo. That was brutal. Finally, they came up onto our balcony with grappling hook, broke in, poisoned my dog who hallucinated for a while after that, scared the hell out of my mom who insisted we come back to the states. I still loved the place but she had enough of paradise.
PS out of curiosity I just google and looks like its still pretty rough in the USVI. Such a shame as it is so beautiful there.http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/v-i-homicide-rate-still-among-world-s-highest-1.1434291
V.I. homicide rate still among world's highest
And I'll bet crime is up on St. Croix where the refinery, a major employer there, closed I think just a few years ago. Paradise lost.