Here are the numbers: Residential burglaries at 15-year high in Santa Fe

Posted: March 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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More homes were burglarized in Santa Fe than at any time in the past 15 years and probably ever since the crime stats only were released from that year on.

The Santa Fe Police Department on Monday released crime statistics for 2010 (numbers at bottom of post) and the number of residential burglaries are at what the department believes to be an all-time high (although accurate reporting statistics date back only to 1995).

It should be noted that while the general consensus is that burglaries have shot through the roof in the last year or two, the number of auto and commercial burglaries were both lower in 2010 than in 2007.

And the all-time high for residential burglaries is at an average of just over 2 homes being hit per day in the city limits for a city the Census is at about 68,000 people. I don’t know that that number jumps out and screams epidemic, but I will also admit I haven’t been burglarized once in Santa Fe (I have had my truck broken into three times in my life in other cities and my home burglarized twice, also in other cities). That number of 876 also isn’t the dramatic increase over the 1996 number of 744 that many people would probably assume.

Essentially what the numbers show, to me anyway, are that yes, this was an all-time high in residential burglaries. But they numbers are going in cycles that don’t seem as out of whack the past few years as what I think the general public perception has been of burglaries in Santa Fe. It is great that the community is aware of the problem, but I bet most people would be surprised to know that there were years in the 1990s that weren’t that far off from what last year’s numbers showed and also some surprise to know auto and commercial burglaries are actually down from four years ago.

I will see if I can track similar numbers for other state cities — Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

And, enough babbling… here are the numbers released Monday as investigated by the Santa Fe Police Department (residential burglary numbers date to 1995 and auto, commercial and vandalism property crime numbers just to 2007):

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

  • 1995 – 659
  • 1996 – 744
  • 1997 – 559
  • 1998 – 499
  • 2000 – 607
  • 2001 – 515
  • 2002 – 676
  • 2003 – 556
  • 2004 – 430
  • 2005 – 442
  • 2006 – 438
  • 2007 – 725
  • 2008 – 514
  • 2009 – 820
  • 2010 – 876

COMMERCIAL BURGLARIES

  • 2007 – 325
  • 2008 – 222
  • 2009 – 209
  • 2010 – 257

AUTO BURGLARIES

  • 2007 – 1,206
  • 2008 – 903
  • 2009 – 1,064
  • 2010 – 1,150

CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY/VANDALISM

  • 2007 – 1,328
  • 2008 – 1,200
  • 2009 – 907
  • 2010 – 835
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Comments
  1. mikey says:

    Hope the police can step up and catch who is doing this. I have a right to protect my Family, home, and belongings and believe me I WILL.!

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