ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque’s top officials are cheering because the city’s crime rates are finally down. The police chief and the mayor’s office say property crime and shootings are way down from the past few years—even violent crime is slowly getting better too.
“Today we’re not going to let up. We’re putting more officers on the streets, we’re ramping up our investments and community policing, and we’re working as one Albuquerque with all our partners to keep the public safe,” APD Chief Mike Geier said.
According to crime stats reported by the city to the FBI, in the first six months of this year, property crimes like home burglaries are down about 44 percent, and auto burglaries are down 53 percent from two years ago. Robberies, sexual assaults and murders are also down.
The mayor believes this is a result of bringing in more police officers.
“A big piece of this has been the addition of new officers, whether it was supplementary officers from other departments in the state that we used a little bit in the spring, or our more sustained effort in trying to bring in 100 new officers. We announced a couple of weeks ago that we hit that goal,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
The mayor says with the extra help, they’re able to get officers into more specialized units to look into specific crimes like car theft and burglary. Traffic stops are also way up over the past couple of years.
Even though these numbers are improving, the mayor police chief know there’s still a lot of work to do. The mayor is hoping to add at least 300 more officers in the next three years.
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