The Crime Strategies Unit (CSU) facilitates an intelligence-driven strategy of crime reduction, particularly for gun-involved and automobile theft incidents. Crime analysts use cutting-edge data-visualization, geo-spatial mapping, and crime intelligence tools to identify high impact, repeat offenders and their criminal networks.
What makes our CSU different than others is the seamless fusion of the work of the analysts and our law enforcement special agents. Working together, the special agents immediately operationalize the insights and leads from the intelligence gathered by the analysts.
CSU’s goal is to drive down crime by transforming our work from reactive to proactive, enhancing cases to be as complete as possible, and uncovering hidden networks harming our community.
Evidence of Crime Drivers
Speed, certainty, and severity are the three principal components of Deterrence Theory. In fact, there is well-documented evidence that rather than the punishment itself it is the certainty of being caught that serves as the most powerful deterrent.
Consequently, our office seeks to initiate and prosecute cases with speed and certainty, while maintaining severity of punishment for key high-level offenders. Key objectives of the office are identifying individuals and networks driving crime and specifically deterring their criminal activity.
A small percentage of people are responsible for a disproportionately high percentage of the total crime. Only 26% of people had over 3 arrests yet account for 62.6% of the total number of arrests. (Source: Albuquerque iTeam Report 2017)
Serious Repeat Offenders
To initiate our effort to curb the crime spike Albuquerque was experiencing at the outset of this administration, we analyzed data to identify high impact, repeat offenders with unindicted cases. Our analysis found that a small number of individuals were responsible for a disproportionate of cases. Each of these individuals were responsible for an average of 8 arrests. This again confirmed that our impact prosecution approach could deliver public safety improvements by interrupting the criminal activity of serious repeat offenders. Rather than prosecute blindly, we allocated resources to prosecuting these drivers of crime in Bernalillo County.
The following graphs depict crime trends from 2013 through the end of 2018. The current downturn in crime began in August 2017. These data from the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) represent Uniform Crime Report (UCR) incidents in the Part 1 category. Total crime incidents data reflect aggregate numbers of crime incidents. We provide seasonally-adjusted numbers – calculated comparing month to month across years – to account for cyclical fluctuations in crime patterns due to weather and time of year.
Since the implementation of our data-informed impact prosecution strategies, we have seen a steady and significant decrease in crime over the last 16 months in Bernalillo County.
Seasonally-Adjusted Total Crime 2013-2019 (APD, UCR Part 1):