The city of Albuquerque in New Mexico like any other city in the world deals with crime and other dangers. Albuquerque, New Mexico has a 68 percent violent crime rate, violent crime comprises of four major offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. And a 62 percent property crime rate, property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. The US average for property crime is about is 38.1 while that of violent crimes is about average is 31.1 The crime level in Albuquerque has increased over the past few years, causing its resident to worry about, burglary, moto theft, being mugged or robbed, and problems regarding drug abuse.
Several factors are important to know about crime in Albuquerque. Since the city is quite localized there are areas of the city in which drug related crimes tend to be quite concentrated. There have been complains about its police force being understaffed making some residents more afraid of their unreliability then an actual crime. The crimes that occur in this area are generally crimes of opportunity, a purse left lying on a counter, instead of personal crimes like a purse-snatching. Traffic offences are quite frequent in this area and a relative amount of drivers have been stopped for drunk driving. There is widespread gun ownership, and since the city is a car city it’s quite unsettling to walk alone at night. Places like Central Ave which is an about five to six mile stretch of road where there are a number of dilapidated hotels and other buildings. When driving down this road at night, especially on the weekends, it is recommended you don’t turn north or south into the area of town between Eubank and Wyoming as those areas are known as the War Zone and is said to be riddled with gang violence and other crime. It is best to avoid this area all together when in Albuquerque.
The safety issue in Albuquerque is more or less a state problem as New Mexico has been ranked low in the law-enforcement-employees-to-residents ratio, and in a number of other areas, including:
- 43rd– Number of Murders & Non-Negligent Manslaughters per 100,000 Residents
- 50th– Number of Assaults per 100,000 Residents
- 45th– Share of the Population with No Health Insurance
- 50th– Number of Forcible Rapes per 100,000 Residents
- 51st– Number of Law Enforcement Employees per 100,000 Residents
This study was carried out by seven leading academic researchers, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Climatic Data Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Verisk Analytics, stopbullying.gov, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Crime Victims Center and CoreLogic.
While some individual still have concerns about the city’s safety, most residents believe the area has been relatively cleaned up over the last few years. And for the past decade the city has worked hard making places like the Central Avenue from Nob Hill through Downtown much safer. The city has experienced a large economic growth and an increased prosperity rate, and these areas are more vibrant and safer than ever.
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