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APD releases 2022 mid-year crime stats

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque Police Department released preliminary crime stats for the first six months of 2022.


Violent crime, which is captured under a category called Crimes Against Person, was down 20% for the first six months of 2022, compared to the same time period in 2021.


Property crime was up by 1% for the first six months of 2022.


The presentation can be found on APD’s web site.


Crimes Against Person

There were 6,053 reported violent crime offenses, compared to 7,532 the previous year. The drop in violent crime was most prevalent for aggravated assaults, which were down 26%.


Homicides were down during the first six months compared to 2021, but more murders occurred during late summer of 2022, which will be reflected in the end-of-year statistics.


Crimes Against Property

Several property crime categories, including motor vehicle theft, robbery, and fraud increased significantly during 2022, as compared to 2021. Burglaries, breaking and entering and larceny offenses showed minor increases. Bribery, arson, and stolen property showed decreases.


Crimes Against Society

Crimes Against Society, which generally reflect more enforcement, were up 18% during the first six months of 2022. Weapons law offenses increased by 85%, while drug and narcotics offenses decreased by 25%.


APD is publicly releasing its crime stats using the same methodology the FBI will be requiring of all police departments in the nation. This is the fourth year APD is using the National Incident-Based Reporting System, known as NIBRS.


The NIBRS data provides a broader range of crimes and all crimes involved in an incident. The old system only required the highest reported crime for each incident.