This one’s bad. Real bad.
Earlier today, the FBI released crime statistics for 2016. The Land of Enchantment had the highest violent-crime rate in the contiguous states, with only Alaska exceeding our dismal ratio of 702.5 murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults per 100,000 population. Our property-crime rate ranked worst in the entire nation.
A recent poll found that 69 percent of residents of New Mexico’s largest city consider crime their top concern, with a stunning 99 percent believing that crime is a “very serious” or “somewhat serious” in Albuquerque. The worry is warranted. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate in the city more than doubled.
You’re 2.9 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in New Mexico than in Utah. Property crimes are 30.4 percent less common in Colorado.
Whatever New Mexico’s “leaders” are doing to protect lives and property in their state, it isn’t working.