Some laudable progress notwithstanding – thanks, in part, to more cops on the street and community policing efforts – the most recent FBI crime statistics paint a bleak and violent picture for Albuquerque residents.
The data released last week shows the city had 1,365 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2018. New Mexico as a state had only 857 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. But the most disturbing comparison: the national rate for violent crimes was just 369 per 100,000 people – meaning Albuquerque had nearly four times the violent crime rate as the United States as a whole.
We didn’t fare much better when it came to property crime. The city had 6,179 property crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with 3,420 statewide and 2,200 nationally.
And, yes, despite significant drops in auto theft over the past two years, we are still the national leader, according to Asecurelife.com.