After years of careful, non-scientific observation, I am ready to present my two signals for identifying whether one is in a high, or low crime neighborhood; without resorting to ignorant prejudices.
Look at the buildings around you, particularly parking lots and businesses. Do you see razor wire (not wussy barbed wire, the hardcore stuff) surrounding important buildings? Worse still, do you see razor wire around unimportant buildings?
The more razor wire you see, the worse the neighborhood it.
Are the police giving traffic tickets? If they are, they probably don’t have anything better to do.
Traffic ticketing police = good neighborhood.
There it is folks. Two simple identifiers of crime. No bigotry.