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Albuquerque's overall crime rate drops sharply

Megan Abundis
September 24, 2018 05:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— For the first time in nearly eight years, the district attorney says Bernalillo County is seeing a drop in crime.

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From August of 2017 to August 2018, the overall crime rate has dropped 17 percent, according to a report from the district attorney.

The report says property crime, auto burglaries, and auto theft rates dropped the most.

“Even though we are making progress in terms of dropping our rate of crime, this community is still way, way too high in comparison to other states around the country," said Bernalillo County district attorney Raul Torrez

The rate of gun violence remains high and the homicide rate dipped slightly from 2017.

Torrez says his team of prosecutors has been focused on repeat offenders.

He attributes the decrease in the overall crime rate to prosecutors’ efforts to make sure high-profile repeat offender cases are launched in a timely fashion, offenders stay off the streets and convicted offenders are being sentenced quickly.

Torrez said 111 offenders accounted for 798 felony arrests. Seventy-six percent of them have been sentenced or are waiting to be sentenced.

Crime Statistics from APD:

ENFORCEMENT
Traffic Stops                            Increased by 35% (as of Sept. 5)

CRIME

Auto Burglary                           Down 35% (as of Sept. 5)
Auto Theft                                Down 26% (as of Sept. 5)
Commercial Burglary               Down 17% (as of Sept. 5)
Residential Burglary                 Down 15% (as of Sept. 5)

VIOLENT CRIME

Homicide                                   Down 5% (As of Sept. 24)
Rape                                         Down 4% (As of July 1)
Robbery                                    Down 40% (as of Sept. 5)
Aggravated Assault                   Down 5% (As of July 1)

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