#abq4ward: Downtown resident says mayoral candidates must address crime problem

Steve Soliz
August 01, 2017 07:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Terry Brunner calls downtown Albuquerque home. He recalls a little bit of crime when he first arrived, but he said it's escalated within the last year or so.


A recent incident near his house was the last straw. He said the crime in his neighborhood is quickly getting out of control.

"It's annoying in some ways, but it also makes you feel less safe when you have kids in the house and you're wondering who's walking by and what they're up to," he said. "You feel worried about leaving your family alone at night."

Brunner decided to get involved in the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance. The talk amongst the group was about city leadership.

"We talked about who's in charge and the fact that we are going to have a new mayor pretty quick and we need to let them know what's going on here," he said.

Albuquerque's mayoral candidates need to understand what they're getting themselves into, Brunner said.

"So I had the idea that if we could visually show them and tell them from a neighbor's perspective what life is like here, then we should do that," he said. "Get them on the ground, in the neighborhood, seeing what we have to see every single day."

Brunner said candidates will soon be touring their neighborhood. He urges others in Albuquerque to take the initiative in taking back their neighborhood.

"There's stuff that can be done," he said. "You shouldn't feel complacent and like you can't do anything."


Steve Soliz

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