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Mayor Keller, APD Release 2019 Mid-Year Crime Statistics

First half of the year shows crime still high, but city sees reduction in all categories.

July 1, 2019

Mayor Tim Keller and APD Chief Mike Geier released crime statistics for the first half of 2019. For the first time, all crimes, including violent crime, are trending downward.

Violent Crime

  • Robbery: 32% reduction since last year; 65% reduction since 2017
  • Aggravated Assault: 33% reduction since 2018
  • Rape: 29% reduction since last year; 35% reduction since 2017
  • Homicide: 18% reduction since 2018
  • Shooting with Injury: 8% reduction since last year

“Let me be clear, crime is still high in our town, we have a long way to go, but we are seeing positive results in all categories for the first time in years,” Mayor Keller said. “These statistics simply allow the public to see how our efforts are working and if national trends are affecting our city. When we know what’s working, we can double down. So far, we have added more than 100 new officers, and it’s allowing us to rebuild our specialty units while investing in more robust community policing. We’re beginning to reverse the trend, and we’re going to see this through.”

Property Crime

  • Auto Burglary: 38% reduction since last year; 53% reduction since 2017
  • Auto Theft: 39% reduction since last year; 51% reduction since 2017
  • Commercial Burglary: 27% reduction since last year; 36% reduction since 2017
  • Residential Burglary: 39% reduction since last year; 44% reduction since 2017

Chief Geier said APD’s aggressive targeting of repeat property crime offenders is starting to have an impact on violent crime.

“For the first time in years, all crime is down in Albuquerque, and that includes violent crime. Our message to the people of Albuquerque today is that we aren’t going to let up, the job isn’t done and fight is far from over,” Chief Geier said. “We are putting more officers on the streets. We are ramping up our investments in community policing. And we are working as One Albuquerque with all of our partners to keep the public safe.”

The statistics released today are compiled with the same methodology that the previous administration used and include a year-to-year comparison for the same time period (January 1-June 30.) 

View the presentation from today’s press conference.