The FBI’s annual crime report shows the rates of violent crime and property crime in New Mexico increased in 2017.
The report reveals in 2017 there were more than 1,700 more cases of violent crime than in 2016.
Last year there were nearly 400 more cases of property crime compared to 2016.
It also shows there were nearly 1,000 more robberies in 2017.
In the report, New Mexico ranked first in the country for burglary and robbery and second in the country for motor vehicle theft behind Alaska. That is actually an improvement from 2016.
The report shows the violent crime and murder rates declining nationally for the first time since 2014.