If you are seriously considering a home and neighborhood, it should be part of your due diligence to determine whether it is safe.
Here are some ideas you may want to consider to see how safe an area is:
Call the Raleigh Police Department or other area law enforcement They will usually give you the information you need.
Another source to use in addition to the call is the Trulia Crime Map. It can give you an idea of what neighborhoods have had crime problems.
Talk with neighbors.