Auto Theft Continues Decline in Albuquerque

CABQ, Aug. 31, 2021

The Albuquerque Police Department continues to drive down auto thefts as a new national ranking shows the four-county metro area moved out of the top five for vehicle theft rates. APD has worked with the state Office of Superintendent of Insurance and the New Mexico State Police to target auto theft.

The metro area, which includes a four-county region, was ranked worst in the nation from 2016-2018, according to the Hot Spot report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

The 2020 report, released today, shows the Albuquerque metro area with 632 thefts per 100,000 people. That represents an 9% decrease from 2019, and a 42% decrease over the past three years, according to the NICB report based on data from the National Crime Information Center.

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