Las Cruces, NM
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Las Cruces, NM crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   Uniform Crime Reporting Program (Federal Bureau of Investigation), additional data from local police agencies.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2015 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2016 (latest available). Updated annually. Wheres 2016 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more

With a crime rate of 54 per one thousand residents, Las Cruces has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 19. Within New Mexico, more than 90% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Las Cruces.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 101,643, Las Cruces has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Las Cruces does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Las Cruces.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Las Cruces does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Las Cruces.

From our analysis, we discovered that violent crime in Las Cruces occurs at a rate higher than in most communities of all population sizes in America. The chance that a person will become a victim of a violent crime in Las Cruces; such as armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape or murder; is 1 in 353. This equates to a rate of 3 per one thousand inhabitants.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Las Cruces is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Las Cruces, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 20, which is a rate of 51 per one thousand population.

Las Cruces Crime Data

 

Crime Index

5

(100 is safest)


Safer than 5% of U.S. Cities

Las Cruces Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

288

5,187

5,475

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

2.83

51.03

53.86

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Las Cruces 2.83
New Mexico 6.56

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 353

in Las Cruces

1 in 152

in New Mexico

Las Cruces VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 101,643
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 3 48 * 55 182
Rate per 1,000 0.03 0.47 0.54 1.79
* Rape figures for this city adjusted from legacy to current definition based on FBI guidelines.

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Las Cruces 51.03
New Mexico 36.97

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 20

in Las Cruces

1 in 27

in New Mexico

Las Cruces Property CRIMES

Population: 101,643
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 751 4,211 225
Rate per 1,000 7.39 41.43 2.21

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Las Cruces Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Las Cruces 71
New Mexico 26