New Mexico September 08, 2016
Here Are The 7 Most Dangerous Places In New Mexico After Dark
Generally, Only In New Mexico strives to focus on the many positive aspects of the Land of Enchantment. However, every state has its dark side; inevitably, some places are safer than others.
We’ve already listed the
most dangerous towns in New Mexico based on overall crime statistics. But that doesn’t show the entire picture. In this article, we’re concentrating on the places where a particular type of crime is most prevalent. Our data is based on a combination of FBI crime data for 2014 and crime reports from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety for 2015 and this year to date.
We’ve presented these crimes in the order they typically appear on tables of crime statistics, with murder in the number one spot because it’s the most serious offense.
7. Motor Vehicle Thefts
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Given that Albuquerque is by far the most populous city in the state, it’s no surprise that, according to FBI data, there were 3558 motor vehicle thefts there in 2014. However, when you take population into account, Los Lunas is the place with the highest rate of motor vehicle thefts. So far this year there have been 425.4 thefts per 100,000 people. This is actually down from 2015, when the vehicle theft rate here was 517 per 100,000 people. Bottom line: watch your wheels in Los Lunas!
Gallup is the worst city in New Mexico when it comes to theft and larceny by quite a margin. Here, the rate is 3204 per 100,000 people. However, in 2015 that figure was even higher at 6110 per 100,000 people, so things are improving.
Teeny Tatum has the highest rate of burglaries so far this year, at 1994.3 per 100,000 people. We were pretty surprised by that because the FBI figures for 2014 put the rate at 705.9 per 100,000 (no data was collected in 2015 for Tatum). Moriarty has the second highest rate of burglaries, year to date, followed by Portales.
So far this year, Gallup and Cuba have the highest rate of assaults at 2421 per 100,000 people and 2243 per 100,000 people respectively. However, in 2015, the rate of assault in Cuba was 4967.9 per 100,000 – way above Gallup’s stats for that year. Therefore, we think Cuba is the more dangerous of the two in terms of assault.
Taos has the worst rate of robbery in New Mexico, at 156.1 per 100,000. We used the data for 2015 because the year-to-date robbery stats for 2016 are largely incomplete. Bear in mind that the number of overall incidents of robbery in Taos was small, but so too is its population, which means the rate of robbery was highest.
Wondering about the difference between theft and robbery? Theft involves taking something that doesn’t belong to you, while robbery means that you’re taking something directly from someone else, using force or the threat of force.
In 2014, there were 402 reported cases of rape in Albuquerque. However, when you factor in population size, Farmington has the highest rate. In 2016, the rate of rape in Farmington is at 69.7 per 100,000 people. In 2015, several cases in smaller communities like Estancia and Angel Fire made them more dangerous on a per capita basis.
So far this year, Eunice has the highest rate of murders, at 65.3 per 100,000 people. Last year, Red River had a rate of 209.6 murders per 100,000 people. Eunice had two murders while Red River had one. In each situation, the small population meant that the cases had an extreme impact on the towns’ statistics.
If you look at places that consistently have high murder rates over several years (rather than one particularly violent year), Roswell is the most dangerous place for murders in New Mexico. In 2016, the rate of murder was 20.6 per 100,000 people; in 2015, it was 16.5 per 100,000 people and 16.3 in 2014.
Want to know about the safest places in New Mexico?
Here’s a list of them.