New Mexicans tired of seeing their state at the top of all the worst national rankings will not be heartened by the FBI’s latest crime statistics, which show the rates of violent crime and property crime increased in 2017.
The newly released data show the state again ranked among the most dangerous last year.
But this may not be case closed.
The data also show crime fell in many New Mexican cities beyond Albuquerque. And officials in New Mexico’s biggest city say they are beginning to turn around a yearslong rise in crime.
The same FBI report released Monday showed the violent crime and murder rates declining nationally for the first time since 2014. And even after steady increases from 2015-16, the murder rates have remained at an overall rate not seen since the 1960s.
In Santa Fe, the FBI data show some property crime and violent crime falling, if just slightly.
But the number of murders and cases of non-negligent manslaughter rose from one in 2016 to four in 2017, according to the FBI’s data. Reports of rape increased, too.The number of burglaries rose and reports of larceny declined, according to the FBI data. And while the numbers show a decrease in auto theft, police say they continued to see an increase last year from 223 in 2016 to 246 in 2017“I’m more confident in the numbers we have,” said Deputy Chief Robert Vasquez.The FBI’s annual statistics can include inconsistent data or at least make for difficult comparisons between communities due to the various […]