5 Most Dangerous Cities In New Mexico

Every facet of tourism in New Mexico is filled with culture and adventure but this beautiful US state has some unbelievably shady corners as well. So for travellers and for people with quirky interests, we have collected data on the few dangerous places to visit in New Mexico.


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Topping the crime charts of 2024 is Gallup.Located in New Mexico’s northwest corner,it is better known for being featured in the song “Route 66.” Gallup, ranks first for violent crime and fifth for property crime. These figures perhaps explain why Gallup has a reputation for being among the worst places in New Mexico to live.

Gallup saw 330 violent offences, the majority of which were aggravated assaults. Residents also faced 736 personal property offences out of all property crimes.

So travellers and adventure-seekers who find themselves at the heart of this enticing spot of New Mexico should look out for dubious characters and be careful with their valuables.

2. Hobbs

Next up is Hobbs,which is located in Lea County, and is ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in New Mexico for the year 2024.

This Lea County city’s statistics don’t give a positive impression of NFL player Timmy Smith’s home city. With 1,881 property offences and 371 violent crimes reported, Hobbs has the fourth-highest rate of property crime and the sixth-highest rate of violent crime reports.

3. Belen

Although given the Spanish name of Bethlehem, the city of Belen is not as cheery as the Christmas city of the USA. This peaceful sounding area is anything but tranquil. Belen has a high crime rate, 188% greater than the national average, for a municipality of 7,460 residents. This indicates that your odds of becoming a victim of robbery, rape, murder, or violent assault are 1 in 91. Additionally, your odds of becoming a victim of property crime are 1 in 22. 

So solo travellers should try their best to avoid putting Belen on their bucket list, as they might not end up having the best memories from this place.

4. Las Cruces

Organ Mountains in Las Cruces, NM; Copyright: SWCargill

 With a population of 113,000, this southern New Mexico city is one of the largest metropolises in the state and a great destination to explore. It is located north of El Paso, Texas, and is home to many galleries, museums, and festivals, as well as the famous New Mexico State University.

It is a rapidly expanding city that is well-regarded as a fantastic area to live and work for young professionals and singles.

Regretfully, the town is also among the most hazardous in the state.Property theft is reported at 3,580 per 100,000, while violent offences are reported at 500 per 100,000.

This developing city is also one of the most expensive places to live.

5. Roswell

Roswell is a city in New Mexico. Roswell is most popularly known for having its name attached to what is now called the Roswell UFO incident

Located east of the missile facility, the Lincoln National Forest, and Alamogordo, Roswell is a well-liked tourist destination. Roswell, which gained notoriety for the 1947 UFO encounter, is ranked among the most dangerous cities in New Mexico as of 2024. Eastern New Mexico University is also located in Roswell, the county seat of Chaves County. 

But with larceny counts at 1,036, almost all the residents can claim to have experienced getting robbed or that someone has attempted to take their personal belongings.