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Homicides up in 2018, other ABQ crime numbers down

J.R. Oppenheim and Brittany Costello
April 17, 2018 06:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The homicide rate in Albuquerque spiked 50 percent over the first quarter of 2018 compared to that same time span a year ago, but other types of crimes saw a decline.

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On Tuesday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Police Chief Mike Geier released the crime stats through the first three months of the year. Although gun-related violence still remains a concern, city officials felt encouraged there were drops in several crime categories.

"People from all walks of life across Albuquerque have told us that public safety is their number one concern," Keller said. "That’s why we have made fighting crime from all sides and implementing community policing our top priority."

The only increase from first quarter 2017 to first quarter 2018 came in the number of homicides. APD reports 18 homicides so far this year compared to 12 in 2017. Non-fatal shootings, meanwhile, held steady at 27.

The sharpest decline came in the number of robberies, down 46 percent from 722 to 393. Property crime numbers, meanwhile, went down across the board.

"Statistics don’t tell the whole story but they help us identify trends and make informed decisions to improve public safety in our city," Keller said.

"We are encouraged that with additional resources, we will be able to continue to ramp up these effective strategies to tackle the crime epidemic," added Geier.

Crime 2017 2018 Change
Auto Burglary 3,256 2,234 -31%
Auto Theft 1,904 1,668 -12%
Commercial Burglary 506 477 -6%
Residential Burglary 1,102 1,022 - 7%

 

Violent Crime 2017 2018 % Change
Homicide 12 18 +50%
Rape 111 98 -12%
Robbery 722 393 -46%
Aggravated Assault 926 840 -9%
Non-fatal shootings 27 27 No change

Along with the new statistics, APD is also trying out new crime fighting efforts. Businesses and APD have formed a new partnership on the west side to target high crime areas.

A new bicycle unit patrols the Bluffs shopping center, and it’s getting results. Officials say it's the first effort, with more to come.

Since the program started this past February, APD said there have been more than 90 arrests. They've even recovered a few stolen vehicles.

"It's more of a start of what we'd like to duplicate throughout the city once we have enough resources to do so," said Deputy Police Chief Harold Medina.

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