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APD releases 2022 crime stats: Violent Crime down 8% after increase in 2021

Thursday, March 16, 2023

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department released preliminary crime statistics for 2022 that show a decrease of about 8% in total violent crimes, compared to the same period in 2021. 2022 had the lowest rate of violent crime in six years.


Overall property crime is slightly down compared to 2021; property crime is down 40% from a record high in 2017.


“We all know crime is still high but we are encouraged that more enforcement is starting to have an impact,” APD Chief Harold Medina said. “More than 150 murder suspects have been taken off the streets in the past 15 months. And we’ve seen homicides start to go down. We are aggressively targeting the prosecution of career criminals, and with additional funding from the Legislature and the Governor, we are prepared to crack down on offenders with felony warrants.”


Based on the success of APD’s homicide investigations and its Detective Academy, Chief Medina created a new Investigation Enhancement Division to target career criminals and ensure successful prosecutions. This division will focus on crimes including domestic violence and stalking, drive-by shootings, road rage, burglary and white collar cases.


“Making Albuquerque safer is our top priority, we will continue to tackle crime from all sides at the City,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We are investing in the game changing technology and civilian support our police department needs to best serve our community, and APD is making more arrests than ever before. We will continue to push for system wide solutions through the Metro Crime Initiative to increase public safety.”


The crime stats presentation can be found on APD’s web site


Violent Crime

  • Murder: 120 (+9%)
  • Rape: 328 (-36%)
  • Robbery:                         1,595 (-10%)
  • Aggravated Assault: 5,399 (-5%)


Property Crime

  • Burglary: 4,259 (-4%)
  • Larceny-Theft: 14,936 (-4%)
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 5,631 (+11%)
  • Arson: 70 (-42%)