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ABQ’s crime increased in 2014

new map temp_july 15ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Violent crime was up and property crime was down in Albuquerque in 2014.

But the city’s total number of crimes increased while crime nationally decreased, according to federal crime data released this week.

The city’s crime numbers have been steadily rising over the past four years, according to data released in the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014.

Law enforcement agencies across the nation voluntarily report their yearly crime data to the FBI, which compiles the data into a large report, called the Uniform Crime Report or Crime in the United States, released the following year.

There were 34,856 reported crimes in 2013 in Albuquerque, and that total increased about 1.5 percent to 35,371 in 2014. Population increased 0.1 percent during that period.

Correction Officer Aldon Wade, left, and Sgt. Bobby Varela, right, escort a prisoner out of one of the cell pods in the new maximum security unit at the South Unit at the Penitentiary of New Mexico near Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Correction Officer Aldon Wade, left, and Sgt. Bobby Varela, right, escort a prisoner out of one of the cell pods in the new maximum security unit at the South Unit at the Penitentiary of New Mexico near Santa Fe. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

The increase appears to be caused by a rise in violent crimes.

There were 609 more violent crimes in 2014 than in 2013, which marks a 14.1 percent increase, according to the data analysis.

Those violent crime numbers show increases in robberies and aggravated assaults, while rapes and murders were down.

The number of murders dropped from 37 to 30, and the number of rapes decreased from 439 to 402 in Albuquerque from 2013 to 2014.

Property crimes in the city decreased 0.3 percent over the same period.

Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Celina Espinoza emailed a statement late Tuesday in response to the increased number of crimes.

“Last year’s murder rate was the lowest in over two decades. That’s good news,” the statement said. “We believe the uptick in robberies is a direct result of repeat offenders, and that tells us we all need to work together as public safety agencies, the criminal justice system and our state legislators to deal with these career criminals.”

A Pew Charitable Trusts analysis released Monday that compares the UCR crime rates with Bureau of Justice incarceration rates shows incarceration rates have increased by 5 percent since 2009 in New Mexico.

In most other states, incarceration rates have dropped since 2009, along with their crime rates, according to the report.

Crimes in Albuquerque have been increasing in the past few years.

Since 2010, the number of violent crimes Albuquerque police reported to the FBI has increased by 15 percent while the population increased 2.5 percent.

There were 34,856 reported crimes in 2013 in Albuquerque, and that total increased about 1.5 percent to 35,371 in 2014. (Josh Stephenson/Albuquerque Journal)

There were 34,856 reported crimes in 2013 in Albuquerque, and that total increased about 1.5 percent to 35,371 in 2014. (Josh Stephenson/Albuquerque Journal)

The total number of reported crimes in the city in 2014 increased by 4,708 from 2010.

During that same period, the number of rapes increased from 338 in 2010 to 402 in 2014. That increase may in part be a result of a broader rape definition adopted by the FBI in 2013.

Statewide, the number of violent crimes increased 2.7 percent since 2010 while population increased 1.3 percent, according to the UCR data.

The increases both in Albuquerque and statewide stand in contrast to the national dip in crime during this period.

From 2010 to 2014 nationwide, there was a 6.9 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 9.2 percent drop in the number of property crimes. The population increased 3.1 percent.

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