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1,000 Points Of Crime?

1,000 Points Of Crime?

How many anti-crime points and plans will Mayor Richard Berry come up with?

How many anti-crime points and plans will Mayor Richard Berry come up with?

Five hundred? A thousand?

Last week, Berry announced a five-point plan to battle crime in the Downtown area after getting complaints from businesses about the out-of-control crime.

The crime-fighting plan was Berry’s third, as far as we can tell.

Check out a story we did last October about Berry’s original 15-point crime plan and how it failed to make Albuquerque “a bad place to be a criminal.” The story also dealt with the 12-point crime-fighting plan he announced in October.

Is Berry’s latest plan more of the same? Only time will tell.

From the story we published in October:

In January 2010, Mayor Richard Berry announced a 15-point anti-crime plan he said would drive criminals not just out of the city, but out of the region.

“We’re going to make Albuquerque a bad place to be a criminal,” Berry said in a 10-minute YouTube video.

“We’re not just going to drive them out of Albuquerque, we’re going to drive them out of our region, or we’re going to send them to jail,” he said.

The crooks apparently didn’t watch the video.

Since Berry’s first full year in office in 2010, major crime in the city – murder, rape, robberies, burglaries, auto thefts, larcenies and aggravated assaults – has increased by 22 percent. Last year, property crime, which was the focus of Berry’s 2010 anti-crime effort, increased by 11.5 percent, and violent crime was up 9.2 percent over 2014.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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