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New Mexico Crime Statistics

This page contains crime numbers for New Mexico. You can take a look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime figures over time, and see how New Mexico compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records information for New Mexico, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 938,468 total crimes reported in New Mexico (133,958 of them violent). Of the 93,847 crimes that happen every year in New Mexico, nearly one-half occur less than one mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in New Mexico every 5 minutes. This includes 1,416 murders, 10,028 rapes, and almost six hundred and one thousand thefts (including 79,360 auto thefts).

Crime Trends

Over the preceding 10 years, crime data were available in New Mexico for all 10 years. During that time frame, reported crime in New Mexico has lessened by 15%. During the same interval, violent crime decreased by 13%. On the whole, the crime figures reflect a slight reduction in crime over the last 10 years in New Mexico. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to eighty-five thousand for New Mexico in 2009.

Crime Trends in New Mexico (1999-2008)

Keep in mind that these graphs show reported crime numbers and certain sharp changes in crime figures might be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in states like New Mexico (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

New Mexico law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for New Mexico conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.