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Old 01-30-2008, 04:18 PM
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I am also looking to move to NM and when I saw how the state rated in crime with the other states in the nation, I was shocked that NM ranked 2nd in the nation.

Most Dangerous/Safest State Award 2007
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Old 01-30-2008, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Alto/Ruidoso
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"METHODOLOGY: The Most Dangerous State 2007 rankings are determined by a four step process. First, rates for six crime categories — murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft — are plugged into a formula that measures how a state compares to the national average for a given crime category.

Second, the outcome of this equation is then multiplied by a weight assigned to each crime category. For this year’s award, we again gave each crime category equal weight. Thus state comparisons are based purely on crime rates and how these rates stack up to the national average for a given crime category."

Murder and burglary are weighted the same in their ranking... not really meaningful.

This is a better site for crime stats.
New Mexico Law Enforcement Agency Uniform Crime Reports 1980 to 2005
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Old 01-31-2008, 05:13 AM
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If it's not meaningful, that's great. Thanks for cluing me in.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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If it's not meaningful, that's great. Thanks for cluing me in.
NM is generally high in crime, but not so terrible IMO. I think it is helpful to look at the details. Here is NM compared to the US avg and a few other states:

2006 Property Murder Rape Robbery
US Avg: 3,334.5 5.7 30.9 149.4
NM 3,937.2 6.8 56.0 107.7
NV 4,088.8 9.0 43.2 281.6
LA 3,993.7 9.9 36.5 133.6
FL 3,968.1 6.2 35.8 188.8
NY 2,052.7 4.8 16.4 178.6
AZ 4,627.9 7.5 31.5 149.6
CO 3,451.3 3.3 43.7 80.7
GA 4,172.3 6.4 23.2 165.6
IA 2,833.7 1.8 27.8 43.5
SC 4,242.3 8.3 40.8 136.5
OR 3,672.1 2.3 32.3 72.7
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:50 AM
 
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Default Not so bad

Even if we use the FBI statistics as indexed by the Best Places site, there are lots of places in New Mexico at the national average or better.

My favorite example is Espanola, which has an undeserved bad reputation, yet is at the national average for violent crime and better than the national average for property crime.
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Old 01-31-2008, 10:15 PM
 
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but for New Mexico having such a small state population it has high crime,our numbers seem not so bad when compared to larger states, but imagine if our state had a larger pop.
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:44 PM
 
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The index is per 100,000 persons.
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Old 02-01-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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I just want a little feed back on what people think the worst towns in New Mexico are, and where they would least like to live.
Belen is in my opinion one of the most crime-infested areas in New Mexico. I used to live in rural Valencia County not far from Belen and I would not go there for any reason as I did not care to get burned alive in my car! That is just one of the many examples of Belen's notoriety in the last year or so. As Albuquerque has tightened up on crime, a lot of it has relocated to Belen and the surrounding areas of unincorporated Valencia County.

Not as bad as Meadow Lake, but still pretty bad.
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Old 02-03-2008, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas NM
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but for New Mexico having such a small state population it has high crime,our numbers seem not so bad when compared to larger states, but imagine if our state had a larger pop.
NMs rate per 100k population, though relatively not too bad, is probably skewed a bit high due to the high proportion of transients (tourists, students, etc) relative to residents. Just noting that two of the states listed above with much higher than average crime stats, Florida and Louisiana, are also states that draw a lot of hard partying tourists...

I'm not surprised that Iowa has a very low crime rate given the state's aging population, negative population growth and minimal tourism (not a lot of vacation home buyers in Davenport I betcha). I would guess bordering Chihuahua State, Mexico skews NM stats up as well.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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As a former federal law officer the US government list Truth or Consequence, New Mexico as being the worst small town in America to live in as more than half of its local government is corrupt with many of its officals former felons or people hiding out from the law. There are several money laundering businesses, several terrorist groups located there, several drug dealers, several meth labs and judges being convicted on felonies. Many police officers are in to racketeering. Orgainized crime has a strong foothold there. The Neo-Nazis and the Klan have chapters there. Back in the nineties in one year alone there were 7 murders. Even a sheriff committed a murder and when one of his officers had the evidence to convict him of the murder that officer was murdered by that same sheriff then the crime was made to look like an accident. Thar former sheriff is now a US federal marshall. A former outlaw biker is now a judge there and another former judge was caught racketeering and forced to retire. One former mayor had been convict of child molestation before becoming a mayor. T or C has a population of only 7500! New Mexico has 32 corrupt towns and is listed as one of the most corrupt states in the union. Missisippi is the worst state, then Louisiana, then New Mexico and Arkansas in that order. The best state is Minnesota, then North Dakota, South Dakota, New Hampshire and Vermont in that order.
Wow! Thanks alot for that information! It helps to put things in perspective! Its nice to see the old adage...lose rule of law and you lose civilization hold fast!
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