We live almost exactly 10 miles from downtown P'cola. I too, had lived in Pensacola before (while stationed here in 1991-93). But I lived on base then, in the CPO barracks.
We chose this area to live in so we wouldn't have to worry about water surge from a hurricane; plus the crime level here is lower when compared to areas south of us, closer to town. There is rarely any crime in my area, except for punks looking for unlocked cars to rob.
Pensacola, (I learned from a class I took at the Sheriff's Dept) has around 18 active gangs. Again, most are located closer to town.
All in all, we feel safe here. I will never feel as secure as I did when living out in the country of southeast TN, but it had its drawbacks, like being a long way from conveniences. NC