We are sure it comes as no surprise to anyone, New Mexico is the second most violent and crime riddled state in the Union. Why is New Mexico, especially Albuquerque so violent and dangerous?
According to the latest report out, “The number of violent crimes dropped across the United States by 4.4% in 2013 compared to the year before, according to estimates released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” (READ IT HERE) However, while the rest of the US is doing well, here in New Mexico we are reported as the second most violent state. According to USA TODAY:2. New Mexico
Violent crimes per 100,000: 596.7
Total 2013 murders: 125 (21st lowest)
Poverty rate: 21.9% (2nd highest)
Pct. of adults with high school diploma: 84.3% (6th lowest)
New Mexico's violent crime rate rose 6.6% between 2012 and 2013 — the most in the nation — to nearly 597 per 100,000 residents. The increase in violent crime came despite Governor Susana Martinez's avowal in 2011 to be tough on crime. As in other dangerous states, the concentration of crime in New Mexico's larger cities may have contributed to the state's crime problem. Albuquerque, for example, the state's largest city, had an estimated crime rate of 775 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national rate. New Mexico residents were also among the nation’s poorest in 2013, with a median household income of $43,872 and a poverty rate of nearly 22%.
Yes, Gov. Martinez has some culpability but the majority lies with good ol’ Berry. The crime rate for us here in Albuquerque is twice that of the national average. What has led to Albuquerque’s demise? This all points at leadership, our mayor has lead Albuquerque down the wrong path, which has led to our city’s economic depression and the huge spike in the crime rate and a mass of police involved shootings.
It is true Berry has been “left holding the bag” at this point. But Berry asked to be elected and re-elected so he doesn’t have the luxury of claiming poor me, he wanted to the job. The deterioration has been in play for some time dating back several mayors from Jim Baca to Marty Chavez. This all involved a series of bad or flawed decisions. (This topic is a story for another day.)
Now the question is how do we fix this? How do we pull ourselves out of this cesspool that has been created by our “leaders”? We need economic stimulus and growth in all sectors. We need a better-rounded and educated workforce.
No one wants to come here and bring their business here when we are listed by the FBI as the second worst place in the United States of America. This brings us back down to square one. We need a real Chief of Police to provide true leadership and professionalism to the troops. A real chief who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves, clean house and restore APD to the once great department it was. Eden was a political choice and a poor one at that.