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Albuquerque police: Overall crime down 5% in all categories

September 22, 2020 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Overall crime in Albuquerque is down 5% across all categories in the first six months of 2020, compared with the first half of last year and 15% since 2018, according to police.

The Albuquerque Journal obtained a copy of the police report and reported Tuesday that violent crime has gone down by only 0.28% from 2019 to 2020 but by 4% over two years.

City police said crimes against property such as arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny and robbery have decreased 6% from 2019 to 2020 and 19% since 2018.

Crimes against society such as animal cruelty, drug offenses, prostitution and weapon law violations have gone down 8% from last year to this year and 12% from 2018 to 2020.

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Albuquerque’s acting Police Chief Harold Medina attributed the decrease in crime to the hiring of more officers and the department’s crime-fighting tactics.

The Journal said Albuquerque is releasing its crime statistics this year using the National Incident-Based Reporting System, which the FBI will soon require of all police departments for its annual report.