Lulamayhem, if you practice basic common sense you will most likely not encounter any crime. Don't bring strangers home, don't flash wads of cash or too much flashy jewelry, don't brag about all of the stuff you might have at home. Secure your home and valuables when you leave the premises or when you go to bed at night. Be aware of your surroundings and who you are keeping company with.
You can have a lot of fun, make lots of friends and have a safe existence, but you must be wise.