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A fatal stabbing in Santa Maria is concerning locals on the increasing crime rate

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The deadly stabbing of a 51-year-old man that happened near Betteravia and Bradley Road Wednesday morning raises concern among locals in Santa Maria.

“Stabbings, obviously, like last night, there's a lot of crime, a lot more crime when I grew up. So it's concerning", said Cheri Martins from Santa Maria.

Locals say the new housing and construction development is increasing the population and crime rates.

“The safety of Santa Maria is, I believe, declining, especially with a lot of people coming from different cities that bring crime", said Joshua Martinez from Santa Maria.

Martinez says the community needs to come together to assist in protecting the city. 

“Maybe an increase in police and maybe an increase of local maybe watch guards or different forces or different groups that can help the community", said Martinez.

Martins says she saw the crime scene as it was cleaned up and it concerned her for the safety of the community.

The stabbing is still under investigation by the Santa Maria Police department.

Article Topic Follows: Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County
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