- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal statistics show violent crime increased slightly in Albuquerque last year, while rape and murder numbers in the state’s largest city went down.

FBI statistics released this week reflect a steady increase in Albuquerque’s violent crime rate in recent years. Mayor Richard Berry said at a news conference Wednesday that the city aims to work with lawmakers and corrections officials to make changes in the system that might reverse downward trends.

Police Chief Gorden Eden says repeat offenders are responsible for a significant amount of crime in Albuquerque, though he did not cite specific statistics.

Last year, there were 883 violent crimes per 100,000 residents up from 775 the previous year, due to increases in aggravated assaults and robberies in 2014.

More than a half-million people live in Albuquerque.

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