My mission is to provide unbiased information on crime and policing in Albuquerque, and promote public safety.
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"ABQ Blues" takes a broad look at the factors that contribute to Albuquerque's high crime rate and what can be done about it.
First published in Dec 2018, the book has been updated with the latest available Albuquerque crime statistics and now includes a recap of New York City's highly successful crime control measures from 1990 to 2009. Most of these measures are believed appropriate for any city.
The Supplemental Links below include an "ABQ Blues Presentation" and "Short Takes" based on the updated book.
The book was written by Joe Abbin, a 36 year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department and former chairman of the Foothills Community Policing Council.
A limited number of hard copies are available at the Treasure House Bookstore in the Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM. The book is also available for loan at the Albuquerque Public Library, or you can read it or download it below on-line at no charge.
A. ABQ violent crime rate is much worse than that of our neighbors and the national average.
B. Failing to adequately deal with minor crimes has resulted in persistently high major crime rates. Ten years of our own data indicates that we are on the wrong track. Other cities have experienced the same trends. Reducing the local jail population by half, was accompanied by a doubling of the violent crime rate. Coincidence?
C. My view: arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate (where appropriate) for all crime. It worked before and it can again. We have to control the current situation while addressing the long term causes (roots) of crime and solutions. Stop the bleeding now!
Full presentation can be found in Supplemental Links above.
In my view we in ABQ (and many other communities) have retrogressed to exactly the wrong approach to fighting crime. Years ago, the "broken windows" approach (dealing with low level crime and issues) was successfully adopted and proven to be effective in fighting crime.
NYC demonstrated that by arresting, prosecuting, and incarcerating for lower-level crimes (misdemeanors), those crimes and major crimes (felonies) were drastically reduced. In NYC's experience, as misdemeanor incarcerations increased, felony crime and incarcerations decreased by a faster rate such that total incarcerations actually decreased!
In ABQ we have chosen to do the opposite and major violent crime is out of control. The solution is obvious.
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