I also live in the North End, but on the edge by Glen Oak and Prospect. I feel pretty safe here, but it took a while for me to get to know the neighbors and the neighborhood. I could twist off one of my neighbor's head for the endless kids that she babysits but doesn't watch. On the other hand, I love my neighbor across the street to pieces. The sort of neighbor that brings you home made chicken soup when you aren't well.
I thought so until my house was broken into several years back. Didn't have problems before or since. But if I could sell my house for 85% of what I have into it, I'd move. It just isn't the neighborhood but the lack of common sense of our city council (minus Gary Sandberg).