ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Other than homicides, Albuquerque saw a dip in most crime categories in the first three months of 2018 compared with last year, according to statistics released by the city Tuesday.
The stats represent some good news for the city, which has seen an increase in crime in recent years. That increase helped give New Mexico last year the unwanted distinction of having the highest property crime rate and second-highest violent crime rate per capita among U.S. states.
Automobile burglaries have dropped 31 percent this year, auto theft is down 12 percent and robberies have decreased by 46 percent, according to data on crimes reported to Albuquerque police.
“This is an encouraging trend because it suggests that our crime-fighting strategies are making a difference,” Mayor Tim Keller said at a news conference. “All our crime rates are unacceptably high in the city. But when we see this trend it actually shows that we’re making some progress.”