News Flash Home
The original item was published from 3/1/2023 6:21:16 AM to 3/12/2023 12:00:01 AM.

News Flash

News Releases

Posted on: March 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Property Crimes Trended Upward in 2022

Etching VIN on Windows

Preliminary crime statistics from 2022 show a mixed bag for Las Cruces including a microscopic decrease in total violent crimes, but a 27 percent increase in overall property crimes led by residential burglaries and vehicle thefts.
“The men and women of the Las Cruces Police Department take crime prevention seriously,” said Chief Miguel Dominguez. “But unfortunately, police cannot prevent all crimes. Over the last several years we have spoken to several community groups about crime prevention and what they can do to help. We have provided numerous tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of property crimes and we continue to ask our residents to heed those suggestions.”
Some of the numbers mirror trends that have plagued other U.S. cities since the Covid-19 year of 2020 when crime statistics nationwide began veering upward.
As for violent crime in 2022, Las Cruces police reported a nine percent decrease in robbery and a 2 percent drop in aggravated assault. Homicide increased 11 percent from nine incidents in 2021 to 10 in 2022. Rape also increased by 11 percent in 2022.
Violent Crime-Year: 2022 (2021)
 • Criminal Homicide: 10 (9)
 • Rape: 60 (54)
 • Robbery: 78 (86)
 • Aggravated Assault: 551 (562)
Total Violent Crime: 699 (711)
Property crimes increased by 27 percent in 2022 from the previous year:
Property Crime-Year: 2022 (2021)
 • Residential Burglary: 394 (234)
 • Commercial Burglary: 385 (219)
 • Non-residential Burglary: 186 (166)
 • Breaking and Entering: 189 (207)
 • Auto Burglary: 1,161 (1,147)
 • Felony Larceny: 492 (411)
 • Misdemeanor Larceny: 1,243 (962)
 • Misdemeanor Shoplifting: 1,232 (978)
 • Vehicle Theft: 939 (595)
 • Arson: 16 (10)
Total Property Crime: 6,237 (4,929)
“We’re never happy to see an increase in criminal cases,” said Dominguez. “We are not alone when it comes to seeing a spike in criminal behavior. Statistics across the country, particularly when it comes to property crimes, are showing similar increases since 2020.”
Some of the most noticeable property crime increases in 2022 were crimes of opportunity where perpetrators find little to no resistance to gaining access to property. In many auto theft cases, vehicles are left idling, unlocked and unattended making it easy for a perpetrator to steal. Some homes that were burglarized were left unsecured or with garage doors wide open. The overwhelming majority of auto burglaries were done to vehicles that were left unlocked or with valuables easily noticeable from the outside.
Commercial burglaries, the crime of burglarizing a business, increased 76 percent from 2021 to 2022. Commercial burglary losses can be limited by properly securing the structure when the business is closed and storing valuable merchandise in a safe or secure room.
The Las Cruces Police Department encourages home and business owners to invest in a good quality security system that captures video and sends an alert when the property has been breached. Doing so ensures a quicker response from police and can provide video evidence to help identify the perpetrator.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News Releases

Water Manhole COver

Desert Hills Elementary School Water Outage

Posted on: September 22, 2023
2 Police Vehicles

Multi-Agency Operation Reaches 480 Contacts

Posted on: September 22, 2023
City Councilors

City Council Work Session on Sept. 25, 2023

Posted on: September 22, 2023
Splash Pad

Aquatic Splash Pads to Close Oct. 1, 2023

Posted on: September 21, 2023
Road Closed

University Avenue Intersections Closures

Posted on: September 20, 2023
Electric cars charging

Electric Vehicle Showcase

Posted on: September 20, 2023
Lane Closure (1)

Pioneer Place Lane Closure Planned

Posted on: September 19, 2023
Pumpkin Palooza

Pumpkin Palooza Set for Oct. 14

Posted on: September 19, 2023
Firefighters standing in front of damaged house on Almendra Street

Fire to unoccupied house on Almendra Street

Posted on: September 18, 2023
Road Closed Sign

Midway Avenue Reconstruction

Posted on: September 15, 2023
Las Cruces Natatorium

Teen Splash Night

Posted on: September 14, 2023
Lane Closure (1)

Roadrunner Parkway Lane Closure

Posted on: September 13, 2023
Jordan Marshall Cleveland

Missing Las Cruces Boy Located

Posted on: September 13, 2023
Group of people reading

Reader's Theater

Posted on: September 7, 2023
Repairs ongoing to the I-10 to I-25 Ramp

Interstate 10 to I-25 Ramp Closure Update

Posted on: September 8, 2023
image of faucet dripping water

Bellamah Drive Valve Exercise

Posted on: September 7, 2023
Woman and child picking up trash

Team Up to Clean Up "Call for Volunteers!"

Posted on: September 6, 2023
National Library Card Sign Up Month

National Library Card Sign-Up Month

Posted on: September 1, 2023
Road Closed Sign

Bellamah Drive Roadway Project

Posted on: August 29, 2023
Lane Closure (1)

Midway Avenue Reconstruction

Posted on: August 18, 2023
People watching a movie in the park

2023 Movies in the Park

Posted on: May 11, 2023
Volunteers picking up trash in front of colorful mural

Team Up to Clean Up 2023!

Posted on: January 19, 2023
Road Closed Sign

Westway Avenue Closure

Posted on: November 2, 2022