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Rising New Mexico crime rates propelled by Albuquerque

Robert Towne
September 26, 2017 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The FBI released its latest set of crime statistics, revealing crime is up in New Mexico.

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The numbers show it's mostly due to problems in Albuquerque, the state's largest city. Violent crime in Albuquerque is up 15.5 percent from last year while property crime is up 13.3 percent. The FBI says for every thousand residents in Albuquerque, 69 are likely to become victims of property crime and 11 are likely to be victims of violent crime.

To break down those numbers, roughly one in 20 people were victims of property crime last year and roughly 1 in 100 were victims of violent crime.

While crime is up in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, it's worth noting a much different story across other parts of the state. Cities like Carlsbad and Las Cruces saw a decrease both in property and violent crime from last year.

Some rural towns don't appear to have the problems Albuquerque has. In Albuquerque, for example, 14 out of every 1000 people became a victim of car theft last year but in small towns like Hatch, Cloudcroft and Los Alamos had no car thefts at all.

To take a deeper look, go to the FBI's crime report online here.

Meanwhile, the state is now pushing back against a lawsuit over the new rules dealing with the way people are released from jail. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas describes a lawsuit from the Bail Bond Association of New Mexico and several state lawmakers as frivolous.

Balderas is asking a federal court to sanction the plaintiffs' attorneys.

Those in favor of the new rules say it allows judges to keep dangerous suspects in jail and keeps the system in line with the constitution. Critics say the opposite is happening, and they question what is considered dangerous in the new rules.

It's also worth noting the new rules took effect after the FBI's latest numbers.

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