Those are good tips, JohnT. Need to look into an apartment next time I'm in Paris.
Not exactly sure how you check out a neighborhood? Where do you go for that?
Well, the maps and pictures really won't tell you about safety, no, aside from seeing if it looks like a busy residential or commercial area with people on the street, and so forth. It helps you avoid areas that have boarded-up buildings and the like. But mostly you have ask people here or somewhere else once you have some choices.