How safe is Eastern Preston near Northland Shopping Centre

I'm relocating to Melbourne and have looked at a town house in Preston right behind Northland shopping centre. I've been given mixed reviews about this suburb and some say it's not safe close to Northland. The parklands attract a lot of crime and people under the influence. Is this true? The house I'm looking at doesn't have a lockup garage or alarm systems installed. Will this be a problem. Any information would be great to help be decide about the house. Thank you!
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You have chosen one of the most dangerous areas in Melbourne. Look around Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Northcote, Brunswick. I work at Northland and every day there are druggies, drunks, ice users, and abusive people everywhere.

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