Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. New Mexico had the highest rate of property crime among U.S states in 2016, and the second highest rate for violent crime. Around 27 percent of the population lives in Albuquerque, the latest non-preliminary federal crime statistics from 2018 showing that Albuquerque’s crime rate was more than 3.5 times the national average.
High rates of poverty and a lack of opportunity for its citizens are to blame for the high rates of crime in the city. With an understaffed police force, criminals are bold and unafraid. There is here a very high level of gangs related crimes, assault, armed robbery, property crimes such as vandalism and theft and drug related crimes.
Homicide Risk: HIGH
Violent crimes in Albuquerque have been consistently high in recent years. Some neighborhood such as South East Albuquerque also named ‘The War Zone’, are extremely unsafe, especially at night. Albuquerque counts no less than 76 homicides in 2020, falling just shy of the record high of 80 in 2019. The 76 homicides in 2020 was the second-highest count in recent history. 54 deaths of 2020 can be attributed to gun violence.
Transport and taxis risk: HIGH
Car-jackings are common here, and tourists have reported an alarming number of stolen cars.
Scams Risk: HIGH
Like anywhere with a high poverty rate, there will be lots of people who want you to part with your money. Keep your wits about you, especially around ATM’s. If you can, use an ATM inside a bank rather than one on the street.