Albuquerque's homicide rate increases, other crime rates fall
July 18, 2018 07:00 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The city of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Police Department released new crime statistics Wednesday for the first six months of 2018, comparing them to numbers in 2017.
APD announced a 31% decrease in auto burglary, a 16% decrease in auto theft, a 16% decrease in commercial burglary and a 7% decrease in residential burglary from 2017 to 2018.
The department was particularly proud of a 35% increase in traffic stops for the first six months of the year from 2017 to 2018, citing increased officer morale and proactive policing.
“We've made some very big strides in the past few months, with fewer resources,” said APD Chief Michael Geier. “The new tax increase, tax revenue, will help us hire more officers- and it just went into effect. With more resources and more officers, we expect more progress as we move forward.”
Violent crime changes varied. Robberies decreased 31% year to year, rape decreased 4% and aggravated assault decreased 5%, but homicideS rose 18% and non-fatal shootings increased by 5%.
APD and the city say they’re studying trends to determine where to put resources to prevent violent crime. Some of that work will focus on specific parts of town.
“Violent crime is still a problem and in some areas it’s gone up a little bit. We're trying to narrow down where it’s happening and where it’s occurring and we've noticed a spike of 5 homicides at 2 apartment complexes in the Ladera area,” said Mayor Tim Keller.
Mayor Keller says the city must also address root causes of violent crime, much of which is tied to domestic violence, gangs and drug use.
Updated: July 18, 2018 07:00 PM
Created: July 18, 2018 06:42 PM
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