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El Paso police release murder statistics from 1960 to 2018

Tuesday’s hard freeze is earlier than the average, which is November 24 for El Paso and November 15 for Las Cruces.

The El Paso Police Department recently released murder statistics for the city of El Paso from 1960 to 2018.

The city recorded 23 murders for the year of 2018. This matches the average murders per year of 23 from 1960-2018.

Over the past 10 years (2009-2018), El Paso has averaged 16 murders per year. That number has seen a slight increase over the past five years (2014-2018), however, averaging 18 murders per year.

The El Paso Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons unit has a 95.6 percent clearance rate over the past five years, compared to a national average of 61.6 percent reported by the FBI.

El Paso’s crime was recently brought into the national spotlight with discussions of physical barriers at the border.

Construction on the steel border fence in El Paso began in February 2008 and finished in late 2009.

From 2010-2018, there were 150 murders in the city of El Paso after the border fence was constructed.

In the nine years prior to construction beginning (1999-2007), there were a total of 146 murders in the city of El Paso.

The numbers in this article represent the total number of murders and not the number of murders per capita. For a more detailed analysis of violent crime in El Paso before and after construction of the border fence, read KFOX14’s analysis here.

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