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Police say Albuquerque had its first decrease in overall crime in eight years, but city officials acknowledge that crime in the city remains unacceptably high.
“This is the first time, at least, we’re going in the right direction,” Mayor Tim Keller said during a news conference Thursday afternoon. “It is with sober optimism that we share these statistics because we know that, overall, the rates are still too high.”
The statistics run through Dec. 21 and show the largest decreases in property crime across the board: auto burglary dropped 29 percent, auto theft dropped 31 percent, commercial burglary dropped 17 percent and residential burglary dropped 18 percent.
Aside from robbery, which fell 36 percent, violent crime didn’t fall so drastically: Homicide decreased 10 percent, rape dropped 3 percent, aggravated assault went down 8 percent.