Newspaper acknowledges mistake and says it will run a correction
FBI Uniformed Crime Statistics reported in Tuesday’s edition of the local newspaper were inaccurate and the newspaper plans to run a correction to the story, according to an email sent from the reporter who wrote the article.
The newspaper reported that rapes in Albuquerque increased by 16 percent and overall violent crime increased by .5 percent. Both of these calculations were in accurate. In fact, rapes decreased by 21 percent and all violent crime dropped by nearly 2 percent.
The overall crime rate in Albuquerque did increase by 2.65 percent when comparing 2011 to the previous year. In 2010, Albuquerque’s Crime rate reached a 20-year low. Even with the increase 2011, the crime rate was still lower than any other year in past two decades.
The police department is releasing the actual 20-year statistics. All of Albuquerque’s crime data dating back to 1995 is also available on the FBI’s website, which warns people from using the numbers to rank and compare cities.
Click here to view crime data since 1990.