My area has a bad reputation for. Being ethnic, drive bys and drugs.
But I have to laugh at some of the things people say about it. I have been asked if I'm worried I will get shot, as if people go around shotting random people on the street. And if I'm worried about drugs... Umm do I look like I take drugs, people don't walk up to you and hand you drugs.. Lol there are plenty of drugs in the north shore and especially the eastern surburbs.
Anyway I think when you are involved in trouble then you will get just that no matter where you live.
Your kids will turn out how you raise them. Good families here have kids that go to Uni, have good jobs and build good lives.