Wayne State/New Center area. Detroit police have a horrible response time and are backlogged.Criminals know this and it works to their advantage. Wayne State has its own police and they can respond in less than a minute. I won't live anywhere that cannot guarantee quick police response times and that would be my top pick outside of the suburbs. Some of areas along E.Jefferson are coming back around, with apartments being renovated.Also, some of the complexes along Lafayette west of Mount Elliott, and Chene, south of Vernor are ok, but do your homework, there are quite a few housing complexes there and they vary.Apartments with 24 hour security are better bets. Individual detroit cops are honorable, but they work in an understaffed, under-budgeted department that is badly mismanaged.You want to find some place that has protection beyond the DPD. Millender Center apartments are very safe but are about $1000/month or more. Hamtramck is cheap but the crime numbers are distressing.Ferndale is farther out (15-20 minutes from Downtown) but vibrant and very safe.