How Safe Is Albuquerque for Travel?

Albuquerque, United States
Safety Index:
31

Albuquerque the largest city in New Mexico; it is, actually, a large, high desert metropolis, often overshadowed by Santa Fe lying in the north.

Albuquerque has a lot of things to offer like amazing scenery, rich history, and even a magical hot-air balloon fiesta in the fall.

Also, it’s often forgotten or overlooked, but Albuquerque has vibrant arts and cultural attraction scene.

The BioPark, Aquarium, and Zoo are nationally recognized, and the annual International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is amazing and is one of those events, like the Grand Canyon, that simply must be experienced in person to understand and appreciate.

Warnings & Dangers in Albuquerque

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

When compared to nearly all other American cities, Albuquerque has an extremely high crime rate, so no - it cannot be considered a safe city. Use caution on the streets of this city both when it comes to petty crime and violent crime.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

Albuquerque is ranked highest in the nation for auto theft. If you need to stop mid-drive for any reason, always secure your vehicle with an anti-theft device. Never leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets do operate in Albuquerque and tourists are commonly the victims of pickpocketing or bag snatching. Be careful in crowded places such as bus and train stations and keep your valuables in your accommodation.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

When outdoors, always use a lot of sunscreens. The elevation of the city is 5000 ft or higher, so you can get a bad sunburn very fast. Albuquerque also has a somewhat higher lightning risk during thunderstorms.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

You should be careful when it comes to violent crime in Albuquerque. Even though they mostly have nothing to do with tourists, but there have been some kidnappings involving foreigners. Traveling in groups is recommended in the city.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Excluding isolated mass shootings, Albuquerque hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Scams exist in Albuquerque and you should use your wits while in this city. Double-check your change, never pay anything upfront and negotiate everything in advance. Be very careful around ATMs and be wary of people trying to distract you.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Albuquerque isn't dangerous for women particularly, but it is advised for tourists in general, regardless of their sex, not to roam around unaccompanied by someone who knows the safe and unsafe parts of the country.

So... How Safe Is Albuquerque Really?

There are plenty of great things about Albuquerque, but they are overshadowed by the bad.

There’s a lot of poverty, the school system is poorly rated, and wages are low.

This combination of factors leads to a high level of crime, with auto theft and burglary being serious problems throughout the city.

Albuquerque is number 1 in the nation for auto theft, with an incident where even a truck was stolen while the crew was out reporting on crime.

The police are so short-staffed, that it is common practice for drivers to completely ignore all traffic laws because everyone knows that the likelihood of being pulled over is null.

The biggest problem in Albuquerque, however, is the random crime.

It consistently ranks in the top 10 nationwide for various classes of crime, although generally, property crime outranks violent crime in the city.

Albuquerque also has one of the largest interstate traffic interchanges in the Southwest where I-25 and I-40 meet: and, like any other commodity, drugs follow the highway.

The bad neighborhoods are mostly in the southeast and southwest; the south valley is the worst for gang activity.

Violent crime is mainly confined to a few small areas, as in most cities where it exists.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Albuquerque. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
  • Weather - Albuquerque, a mentioned, is in the high desert and has a generally warm and dry climate characterized by sunny and windy springs, and somewhat chilly nights. Summers are very hot and dry.
  • Airports - Albuquerque International Sunport is an international airport located 5 km southeast of downtown Albuquerque, in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Albuquerque, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Albuquerque Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 2° C
Feb 5° C
Mar 8° C
Apr 13° C
May 18° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 24° C
Sep 20° C
Oct 14° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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9121622273233322822159
Low
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-6-3049141816126-1-5
High
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485461728190919082725948
Low
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212732394857646154433023

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7 Reviews on Albuquerque

  1. R
    Ron Walker says:

    The Albuquerque review is 100% incorrect. Not sure why.

    1. Albuquerque is dangerous but New York City is safe? Whoever made this was either paid or out of touch.

  2. A
    Atlean Martin-Holloman says:

    *GOOD: USING *CAUTION!

    I suggest from my reading the information listed here: Research your visits, Ask questions, Network, with others, and Always Pray for guidance; Protection, wherever you go!
    Remarks By: A. M. Holloman

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    Trish Logan says:

    Albuquerque is wonderful!!!

    I live in Albuquerque, but hike at the Rinconada Canyon Trail, which is a popular tourist attraction. I make it a point to talk to tourists, and always hear glowing reports of their stays in Albuquerque. They comment on the friendliness of the people, the wonderful food, and the interesting things to do here. Everywhere you visit has challenges, and you need to be sensibly vigilant, but Albuquerque is a great place to visit.

  4. Not Accurate!!

    Natural disasters?? No hurricanes,no tornadoes , no earthquakes , no flooding,
    So lightening is a problem? Stay out of the weather!!! The sun ? They have it in Florida as well. Use common sense, you’ll be fine!!

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    Deidre Mengedoht says:

    god help us all

    Everything here is completely true Albuquerque is the devil’s realm on our holy earth. Avoid this hellscape by all means. The local government has completely capitulated and aides terrorism to neighboring North Dakota. I will destroy them.

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    A customer says:

    DO NOT GET THE PIZZA OF HUT!!!

    The Pizza which is sold at the Hut on Lomas is a truly wretched place. There was no greater fear for my safety nor that of my cabbage patch dolls hidden in the truck of my 95’ Chevy Camaro. I have never wanted more in my life to contract the black plague than during my time in Albuquerque. If I ever see a Hut of the pizza I will wrap my limited edition hello-kitty Backpack chain around it’s slimy corporate neck and strangle it like Princess Leia in Star Wars. There is something truly depraved happening in this God Forsaken place. BE WARNED! That being said the homeless man I met was very polite and even helped to carry some of my bags. Unfortunately I haven’t found the luggage depot which he had said I could find my bags at following the complimentary bag polish.
    A Customer has spoken!

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