APD says crimes dropped overall by 7% from 2018 to 2019. They say that’s largely because of a 10% drop in property crime around Albuquerque.
However, murders have increased from 69 in 2018 to 80 in 2019. Also aggravated assaults from 2018 to 2019 increased by 218 incidents.
Overall APD reported 70,223 crimes in 2019. In 2018, they reported 75,538.
The released crime stats used the same methodology the FBI will be requiring of all police departments in the nation to use. This is the second year that APD is using the National Incident-Based Reporting System.
The FBI is requiring the use of NIBRS instead of the Uniform Crime Reports because the data provides a broader range of crimes and all crimes involved in an incident. The Uniform Crime Reports system only required the highest reported crime for each incident.