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Four Corners city at odds with crime-ridden reputation

Meg Hilling
March 12, 2018 06:46 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The website 24/7 Wall St. reports that Farmington is No. 8 out of 25 cities experiencing dramatic increases in violent crime between 2011 and 2016. It's higher than Albuquerque, which was No. 18

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The website based the numbers off of FBI statistics, but the mayor of Farmington believes the report is wrong. Mayor Tommy Roberts argues statistics on crime outside Farmington's metropolitan statistical area, or MSA, are the reason for the city’s poor numbers.

"This is covering a much broader geographic area, the Farmington MSA," he said. "So, you know, it is a challenge for us to continue to try and counter bad publicity with the reality of what is actually happening in Farmington."

Residents are expressing mixed reactions.

"There is some weird stuff that will happen here every once in a while, but it is nowhere near Albuquerque," said one Farmington resident, Pablo Viramontes.

"In the past, maybe 10 years the crime has definitely increased," added another resident, Courtney Mihelic.

The report attributes the increase in violent crime to the city's rising unemployment, but unemployment is actually down more than 2 percent from a year ago. Numbers released Monday put Farmington unemployment at 6.4 percent.

"Here at the City of Farmington and in a more localized way, we are doing a lot of positives things that will help us incrementally improve our economy," Roberts said.

This includes plans to remodel the downtown area as well as improve the aquatic park. The city's police department is reviewing its own crime records to see if this report matches up.

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