Glad you are ending your time "abroad". I think if you live in a nice area, like where you are living, it is pretty safe. The police forces are better staffed and it doesn't take them 30-45 minutes to get to you if there is a problem. I don't think rims, esp. if they are out of the ordinary, are safe anywhere. There are some positive things about living in NoVA, but the traffic is horrendous and the cost of living matches. The property taxes are outrageous.