New Mexico had the nation’s second-highest violent crime rate and its highest property crime rate in 2018, despite the state’s largest city reporting slight decreases in both categories for the first time in years, according to recent federal data.
The shift for Albuquerque came as both violent and property crime declined nationwide for a second consecutive year.
For New Mexico, Albuquerque’s offenses accounted for more than half of the state’s crime overall. The city of about 560,000 people is home to just more than a quarter of the state’s population.
Mayor Tim Keller said curbing crime remains his administration’s top priority, and that the figures show it’s important for state officials to prioritize crime fighting in Albuquerque too.