- Associated Press - Thursday, December 27, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials say the overall crime rate in New Mexico’s largest city has dropped for the first time in nearly a decade.

At a news conference Thursday, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said he and his administration were sharing the statistics showing the decrease in crime from 2017 with “sober optimism.”

In 2019, Keller’s administration plans to target gun violence in the same way it did auto theft and robbery in 2018. He says gun violence “remains unacceptably high.”

The figures released Thursday show a roughly 30 percent decrease in auto burglary and auto theft from 2017 to 2018.

Homicides and robbery also were among crime categories with decreases, while non-fatal shootings increased by 4 percent.

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