It had a dodgy reputation 25 years ago but your biggest danger now is probably having your foot run over by someone's pram. The population has transformed from transients in rented accommodation to families adding a second storey.
Yes....Northcote is safe. I'm a single woman who was attacked with a knife wielding intruder in Ballarat 12 years ago. I have never felt unsafe in Northcote. I wouldn't live here if I didn't feel safe and haven't ever considered having an alarm! My neighbours are excellent an we look out for each other😄