ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city followed a statewide trend last year and saw a drop in violent crime while reported property crimes increased.
An annual report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation released this week showed that Albuquerque experienced a 2 percent drop in overall violent crime. According to the FBI numbers, Albuquerque police reported 4,207 violent crimes in 2011, a decrease from 4,291 a year before.
FBI numbers showed that reported rapes were also down 22 percent in 2011.
The FBI defines violent crimes as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Meanwhile, Albuquerque saw an increase in property crimes — arson, burglaries, larceny and motor vehicle thefts. The 6 percent increase came as the city saw an increase in all categories in 2011 bumping the number of property crimes to 27,976.
Reducing property crimes has been a cornerstone of Mayor Richard Berry’s administration. As recently as mid-August, the mayor touted 20-year lows in crime rates in Albuquerque.
Berry, who was travelling in Mexico on Monday, issued a statement on the crime increase through a spokeswoman.
“The crime statistics just released by the FBI show the second lowest crimes rates for Albuquerque in 20 years, with 2010 being the lowest in 20 years,” according to the statement. “Although fluctuation in crime rates will occur, public safety will continue to be a priority of this administration and the police department. Our commitment to reducing crime will not waver.”