Crime rates in Albuquerque have long been a metropolitan issue, but affect the business environment statewide. The Albuquerque Journal points out just how jarring the stats are with a headline that reads “In Bernalillo County: 114 people shot in 112 days.” While the crime rate is lower in other parts of our state, these types of headlines impact the view of our state and whether or not businesses choose to relocate or open here.
While the rate of homicides has leveled off and the number of other crimes like burglary and and vehicle theft have decreased, there were 36% more shootings this year than over the same time period last year, according to the District Attorney's office. DA spokesman Michael Patrick stated “The largest percentage of gun violence in Bernalillo County is caused by a small percentage of loosely organized groups. …” he said. “Gun violence is a priority of the DA’s Office and (we) want to reduce it in our community.
NMBC's position is that 'Public Safety breeds prosperity.
' New Mexico needs public officials who will strengthen the criminal code, reform our courts to stop repeat offenders and the current 'catch and release' problem. Until New Mexico is deemed safer, we cannot attract new companies or maintain those that we have. New Mexicans deserve to feel safe in their communities. Read the full story HERE