Crime in Albuquerque, NM, United States

Crime rates in Albuquerque, NM, United States

Level of crime
85.35 Very High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
84.18 Very High
Worries home broken and things stolen
71.72 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
60.10 High
Worries car stolen
71.91 High
Worries things from car stolen
79.69 High
Worries attacked
58.59 Moderate
Worries being insulted
58.59 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
39.29 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
85.86 Very High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
87.50 Very High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
73.74 High
Problem corruption and bribery
66.93 High

Safety in Albuquerque, NM, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
56.31 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
19.70 Very Low

Contributors: 99

Last update: September 2019

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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6 Comments so far

#NK on Aug 28, 2019 :
I have lived here for several years now (transplant) and while I've never been targeted, I have had to call the police quite a few times because of violent crimes happening close by. There's a lot of drug use and it's not hidden at all; people shoot up or smoke meth during the day in very visible areas and it goes by largely unenforced. Marijuana use is common but pretty socially acceptable in most groups as long as it's not obnoxious. Never leave your car unlocked, never leave anything in your car. Always carry some form of protection, whether it be mace, a knife, or a gun. Be aware of your surroundings and what part of the city you're in, and don't make friends with people who even seem a little sketchy. There are many great aspects of New Mexico, but you have to be vigilant about safety in this city. You simply can't afford to take any risks in Albuquerque without being a potential victim of a crime.
#Don on Aug 05, 2019 :
Crime in Albuquerque (ABQ) is worst in the SE section - safer in NW.
#Jack on Oct 13, 2018 :
Heavy crime gastopo style law enforcement very unsafe and never drink the tap water.
#Ted Again on Dec 15, 2017 :
I just looked at the other comments and in general I agree with what scott said.
On the other hand, staying away from the streets named after Presidents is NOT significant advice since those streets go long distance north-south through a great variety of neighborhoods.
Second, the departing mayor (may he go far, very far) just left a destroyed Central Avenue with new "rapid transit." It is awful, ugly, not rapid and probably not useful. It has disrupted business, destroyed 300 trees and will likely create more traffic problems. Heaven knows what effect it will have on the hookers and the homeless. Most people assume it is a self-memorial that flopped, a springboard to the governor's office that will more likely run him out of the state.
Finally, all else has essentially remained the same including the grossly understaffed police force. The Albuquerque Police Department currently has billboards all over town saying: "Complaints down 22 % !" It takes a moment to realize that is complaints ABOUT the police department. Do you find that message reassuring? I do not. But, I certainly find it typical of the city and the local government attention to crime.
#- - on May 30, 2017 :
Lmao that they rate being insulted. Stay away from the street named after president there drug areas and central where all the hookers are youll be fine otherwise
#scott on Apr 20, 2016 :
Several factors are important to know about crime in Albuquerque. #1. It is generally very localized. There are areas of the city in which drug related crimes are focused. Those same areas have numerous homicides. #2. The police are poorly trained, young and trigger-happy. #3. The police force is 30% understaffed. Overall, I am more afraid of the unreliability of the police than I am of personal crime. #4. The crimes are generally crimes of opportunity -- a purse left lying on a car seat, instead of personal crimes like a purse-snatching. #4. The understaffed, thus no one is watching drivers. It is easy to drive in this city so people do not pay attention, eg LOTS of talking on the phone, lots of drunk-driving, lots of speeding on the streets. The casualness and lack of a visible, active police force actually makes driving more dangerous than in some bigger cities. In 10 years I have never seen any police officer stop someone for a traffic violation. The police come after the traffic accident. 5. There is widespread gun ownership. Do NOT antagonize another driver! This is a car city, so it is unsettling to walk at night. By the way, I do not perceive that crime has increased; it has always been like this, although the police force has deteriorated significantly. There is a veneer of safety and normalcy that is only half true.