Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-07-29 22:30:00 –
Albuquerque, New Mexico (KRQE) – Every month since the beginning of the year, Albuquerque has had more murders than in the same month of 2020 or 2019. Albuquerque Police Station.. This trend means that Albuquerque may be in the process of setting a new record for the most murders of the year.
April, KRQE reported Albuquerque murders were about 75% higher than the previous year. Updated data show that the rate of homicide per month remains high until the summer of 2021.
As of July 29, APD recorded 73 murders in 2021. In the same time frame in 2020, there were only 40 murders. By the end of July 2019, there were only 46 murders, according to data collected from APD.
“As a community, we need to be aware that there is a record year of murder,” says APD Police Chief Harold Medina. “Last year wasn’t a late year. Last year was the second highest year of murder.”
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This year there were more murders each month than in 2020 and 2019. Data from APD.
Today, the agency publishes a weekly report every Monday detailing the dates, addresses, and case numbers of all murders in 2021. Click here to view the latest report as of July 26th.
In 2020 A total of 76 murders in Albuquerque According to data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a group of police executives in large cities across the United States. In a recent email, APD suggested that there were 77 murders in Albuquerque in 2020. In any case, 2019 holds the record for the most murderous year in Albuquerque.
In 2019, KRQE recorded 82 murders based on APD reports. on the other hand, Albuquerque Journal has counted 80 That year. The total number of murders can vary slightly as the APD may reclassify murders into various crimes. Still, both numbers set a precedent that can be easily achieved in the next five months, even if the pace of murder slows to 2020 levels.
According to data from the Association of Major Cities Chiefs, the increase in murders this year is not limited to Albuquerque. Of the 63 cities of the association Homicide increased in 44 cities In the first three months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. But the murder may not tell a complete story about crime in Albuquerque.
“The general public, especially the media, tends to focus on murder,” APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos told KRQE in April. But “in most cases, it’s still a very small percentage of the total crime in the city.”
Galegos pointed out that there are many more cases of exacerbated assaults. Data from the Association of Major City Chiefs show that in the first quarter of 2021, there were more cases of exacerbations of assault, including injuries, disabilities, disfigurement of someone, or endangering life. From January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021, there were 1,369 deteriorations in Albuquerque. Assault, according to the Association of Major City Chiefs. This is an increase of 80 cases compared to the first three months of 2020.
According to data from the Association of Major Cities Commissioners, the number of assaults across the United States increased in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 2020. According to data, robbery and rape have declined nationwide and in Albuquerque during that time.
It is not clear why there are more murders and assaults in Albuquerque this year. KRQE Previously investigated possible reasons for substance use, poverty, gangsters, etc... Despite the opinions of experts, except for the fact that murders tend to gather in several Albuquerque areas, such as the International District on Central Avenue, just east of the EXPO New Mexico trade fair. , It is difficult for people outside the police circle to identify the pattern.
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Interactive sliders: Over the past few years, murders (orange markers) have been concentrated around downtown Albuquerque and Central Avenue. There were murders further east in early 2021, but this year’s murder sites seem to follow the usual pattern. Murder data from APD.Map data from UNM RGIS/ US Census
To look for additional patterns, KRQE is tracking the presumed “nexus” or cause of each murder, hoping to figure out what might be behind the crime. However, given that APDs generally give little detail about each murder, it is essentially impossible to identify many potential causes of this year’s murders.
“Most of our murders are related to drug activity and domestic violence,” APD told KRQE. However, the KRQE map does not show these trends. This is often due to the lack of available data for individual cases. APD news releases often contain few, if any, explanations of the events and stories of each murder. These details are often described by the department as “limited” or “under investigation” and are rarely updated in subsequent press releases.
KRQE reports that a significant number of murders occur in motels and some in parks. APD Chief Harold Medina says these are often places where drug-related activities take place.
“Looking at some of these common themes, they are all tied together,” Medina said. Therefore, “Midnight drug trafficking in hotels or parks is actually pushing up our murder rate.”
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So far this year, the number of murders at motels and hotels has increased. This list will be updated as new information becomes available.
Given that Albuquerque murders seem to have some common themes, albeit hard to see, Medina says residents can be kept safe through their personal choices. increase. No matter how you look at it, it’s wrong. But many of our victims live in a lifestyle. And if you don’t live that lifestyle, you’ve greatly reduced your chances of being a victim of murder, “he says.
“Murder is not out of control in the city, and crime is not out of control in the city,” he adds. “Yes, the crime rate is high, but it’s heading in the right direction.” APD medina and others point out that property crime rates are declining as homicide rates rise.
“Murders and shootings always come before the media and the press,” says Medina, but “I often attend community meetings, so now I’m starting to ask this question. Have you been affected by a violent crime? ”There is little way to reach the audience. But when I asked, “How many of you were affected by property crimes?” Almost all hands were raised and we decided to reduce these property crimes affecting everyday victims. We are making great progress. “
That’s right Property crimes decreased by 19% from 2018 to 2020, The report from APD shows. According to the data, there were 5,213 car thefts in the city in 2020, compared to 6,896 in 2018. The number of robbers decreased from 1,997 in 2018 to 1,454 in 2020.
“It’s a shame that all of that hard work is sometimes overshadowed, as violent crime can be so big in the message to the community,” says Medina.
Regarding what is being done to tackle murder and other violent crimes, KRQE previously reported that APD added several detectives and increased their presence in some of the city’s problem areas. Did. Medina suggests that more than executive work is needed to help solve the city’s criminal problems. He says the entire community also needs to be part of the solution.
“Albuquerque police alone cannot solve the murder problem,” he says. Rather, the community needs to “help individuals participate in criminal activity through detour programs and provide people with the support they need for substance abuse and mental health.”
Medina points out that the city is working on systematic change through the Metro Crime Initiative. To learn more about the city’s overall system-wide efforts to reduce crime Visit the CABQ website of the Metro Crime Initiative..
Editor’s Note: Report of primary data made by Curtis Segarra. An additional report by Stephanie Chavez interviewing Medina.
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