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Published on October 05, 2019
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The number of crime incidents in Albuquerque saw an overall increase last week, after a previous decline, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects reports from police agencies and validated sources. Incidents rose to 2,343 for the week of Sept. 23, up from 2,224 the week before.

The specific offenses that increased the most were burglary and vandalism. Burglary rose to 118 incidents last week, from 84 the week before. Vandalism went from 95 to 113.

There was also an increase in robbery, from three incidents per week to eight, and in theft, from 490 to 503 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw a downturn last week, shootings went from 239 to 177, and assault fell from 124 to 105.

There were 1,319 reports of "other" crimes, an increase of 130 from the previous week. SpotCrime's broad "other" category includes a variety of offenses like fraud, trespassing, public disturbance and traffic violations. Of those incidents, 53 involved arrests, such as for drug possession, up from 41 reported arrests the week before.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Downtown, South San Pedro and Westgate Heights had the most reported incidents last week. South San Pedro and Westgate Heights were at the top of the list the previous week as well.

Downtown saw the largest increase. Crime reports in La Mesa also rose for a second week, and incidents in South San Pedro are up considerably as well.

Regarding day and time factors, Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday saw the most reported crimes last week. The largest increase from the previous week occurred on Wednesday, Sunday and Thursday, while incidents on Saturday went down. Comparing times of day, after midnight, evening and late night continue to see the most crime incidents.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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