Santa Cruz is part of the Espanola Metropolitan Statistical Area, so you can check with the Espanola police so find out how that neighborhood compares with others in Espanola. That's probably a lot better source than individual hearsay stories.
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ https://www.crimereports.com/ http://www.homefair.com/