Here is a link with crime statistics in Santa Maria as well as other information about the town that you may find helpful:
If you have the opportunity, it's also a good idea to drive around the neighborhood to view the condition of the area as well as how close amenities are located. Talk to any residents you may encounter.
As James stated, contact the local authorities and learn firsthand about any neighborhood crimes.
Good luck to you!
Prudential Connecticut Realty