You can generally get crime stats online by checking the city or county police and sheriff websites or by calling those offices.
It might be difficult to find a home for 5 people in the $250k range in Los Alamos. I know my father has lived in and around the Los Alamos and Santa Fe area on and off for years and the homes I've seen him look at for that price range might be tight for 5 people. Depends on your personal wants and needs.
Have you consulted with any Realtors in the area?
White Rock is between Los Alamos and Santa Fe and Espanola is within the comute you're saying might work for you.
Emily Medvec, Associate Broker
Santa Fe Properties
1000 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505.982-4466 office x1088
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and communications.
Los Alamos has a great high school as noted in the comments by Mr Epps below.