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#abq4ward: Group aims to make downtown a safer place

Steve Soliz
August 01, 2017 06:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- National Night Out is a time for people to get out of their homes and get to know the people in the neighborhood. It's recognized across the country, but it has a special meaning here in Albuquerque this year.

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People across New Mexico are frustrated with the crime, and folks throughout the state and across the nation are standing together Tuesday to send that message. Right now, the community is dealing with an overwhelming amount of crime. The impact is being felt all over town.

In fact, one woman decided to take some action in the fight against crime.

"Cars are being stolen, cars are ransacked nightly and the level of violence has really increased," said Michaela Bruzzese, who grew up in the downtown neighborhood.

Bruzzese now lives here with her family.

"In the past few months to a year, I've seen the crime in this neighborhood escalate to a point that it's simply unbearable," she said. "And it's gone from petty crimes, minor thefts to real violence."

Bruzzese decided she had enough. She helped to form the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance.

"We can support one another," she said. "We can offer help when somebody is feeling vulnerable in their home."

The alliance is active in the various neighborhoods in downtown Albuquerque. Bruzzese said making downtown a safer place to live will involve help from across the board.

"We would like to work with agencies that are serving the homeless, that are addressing the opioid crisis, APD. That's helping us to make our streets safe," she said.

It's those streets that Bruzzese wants to take back to her downtown neighborhood can move forward.

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