Like most good size cities, there are gangs, theft, drugs, etc... Pack people close together in appartments you get a wide veriety of tendents, good and bad, quiet and noisy. Plus where there are lots of people (appartments) better shopping for theft to support thier drug habit. But if you own your own home on a dead end street / cul-de-sac or just away from a main traffic street. It's not a bad place to live. Everett mall has security driving around the parking lots. Most shopping stores do not have much vehicle theft problems. As for lots of alarms going off on vehicles, sometimes the wind does that, or a good base note from a car driving by. The only other thing I can say is use common sence just like the local news talks about. If you don't hide stiff in your car that tempt others, your vehicle may be ripped off. If you go shopping, put a blanket over the top or coat or just lots of extra clothing to make it look like you live in the car. This is only if you can not put it in the trunk or hide it any other way. Keep nice vehicles out of sight (garage, back yard +car cover) when not in use.
Auto theft crime here in ALL of Everett is a huge problem. Everyone has an auto theft device or club and MANY people have a missing window taped up from the break in. Most likely your car will be broken into or stolen if you stay here long enough. They love to take $50 dollar stereos causing $1000 worth of damage to your car, like they did mine!
Everett seems to be a choke point for traffic on Interstate 5. Highway 2, a major mountains pass route, begins here, and is conduit for copious amounts of commuters. Travel can be at a snails pace, similar to some Ca. areas. Allow 15 minutes extra travel time thru Evertt, a mere 4 miles, if traveling between 2:30pm and 6:00pm, Mon-Fri. Sat-Sun is only slow for southbound traffic, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Speed limit is 60mph, but does rise to 70mph about 5 miles north. There is a soutbound rest area at Everett, but the nearest northbound one is about 10 miles out of Everett. Check out the Washington Dept. of Trans. traffic cameras if you get a chance.
Never sit at a green light. Not only will people honk their horns but someone may drive over your tire.