Albuquerque homicide fee in 2021: Metropolis units new report

The number of murders in 2021 sets a new record

by: Curtis Segarra

Posted: Dec 28, 2021/06:00 AM MSTUpdated: Dec 27, 2021 / 11:33 AM MST

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – There have been more than 100 murders in Albuquerque this year. And the three-digit number sets an unprecedented record.

In the first three quarters of 2021, Albuquerque had 111 violent crimes per 10,000 residents, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This makes Albuquerque one of the top 10 most violent cities with a population of over 100,000. Homicides, of course, add to the violent reputation.

◎ Why is violent crime increasing in Albuquerque?

For the past 35 years, the annual number of murders in Albuquerque has averaged about 45 murders a year. But in recent years that average has risen, according to the FBI, and has hit a new high this year. The homicides in Albuquerque now account for more than half of the state’s annual homicides.

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This year Albuquerque Police Department investigated more homicides than ever in the past 35 years. FBI UCR data.

KRQE News 13 previously reported that the city’s homicide rate has surpassed previous years and that the crimes tend to happen in certain parts of the city. Homicides have increased in certain parts of the city, such as the International District. But that year also saw murders in hotels near the Los Altos neighborhood of Lomas and Wyoming, some on the West Side, and a few murders near the Heights.

Homicides generally focus in communities where there are chronically high levels of gun violence, inequalities, racial and ethnic inequalities, segregation, underemployment, [and] Poverty, ”says Christopher Lyons, professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico. “Albuquerque has similar populations and similar locations every year,” he says.

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As homicides pile up along Central Avenue, this year brought violent crime to many different neighborhoods. Data from CABQ / APD.

“It’s been a tough year,” said Harold Medina, chief of police in Albuquerque, at a news conference on November 8th. “This is a nationwide trend. We fall in line with a lot of other big cities, ”he said.

To some extent, the data support Medina’s claim. However, Albuquerque has seen a greater increase in homicides than many cities of similar size, according to data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a group that represents police officers in major cities across the United States.

Many law enforcement agencies across the country are reporting an increase in homicides. The latest survey data from 66 police departments in the US shows that the majority of those departments reported an increase in homicides between January and October 2021 compared to the same period in 2020. Increase in homicides, the data show. The number of murders in Albuquerque increased by about 30% during that time.

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Many police departments have seen an increase in homicides this year. But Albuquerque’s surge is above average, according to the Major Cities Chiefs Association.

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