APD: 17 of Albuquerque’s 60 homicides were in hotels, motels, extended stays

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Albuquerque Police Department launched 60 homicide investigations in 2021.

Homicide detectives were called to three separate scenes late Sunday and early Monday.

APD said motels were part of the problem.

Imesh Vaidya, regional director of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, said the rise in homicides was attracting attention.

The APD said 17 of the 60 homicides they are investigating occurred at hotels, motels or extended-stay properties.

“We are just as frustrated as the rest of the city’s citizens. We want our customers to come and have a safe stay at our properties,” Vaidya said. “It frustrates us, it costs us money to have these issues over and over again. It’s not like these owners sit back and let this happen.”

Vaidya said the town owners are trying to find a solution.

Many have already invested in security and safety systems, so they try to come up with other ideas.

“We want to move forward and add extra patrols, extra security to hotel parking lots,” Vaidya said. “We’re willing to invest in that, whether it’s a tax we pay or a royalty we pay.”

APD said it had consistent patrols, including tactful plans, at some of the motels, including Motel 6 on Iliff.