With less community policing and an increase in meth use and social disorder, , Albquerque is seeing a return to the high crime environment of the early 90's. By the end of last year, Albuquerque had 61 murders – the highest number in 20 years. Ten months into 2017, that number has already been surpassed. This is the third consecutive year the number of murders has increased since a low point in 2014. In 2014, there were 30 murders – fewer than half of 2016’s and 2017’s totals. In 2015, there were 43.