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#abq4ward: The stories so far

#abq4ward: The stories so far

KOB.com Web Staff
August 12, 2017 04:54 PM

About a month into our #abq4ward series focusing on the crime crisis in Albuquerque, KOB has informed you about crime trends, consequences and personal stories of victims that show just how much work we still have to do.

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If you missed any of those stories, here is a rundown of our coverage so far.

As crime skyrockets, so too does APD spending

“I think $23 million shows a commitment by this administration, by this city council and the mayor to focus on public safety and policing.” – City of Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry

Tessa Mentus found that APD spending has increased by nearly $23 million since 2010. But crime has continued to go up. In this story, she discusses the trends with the city’s chief administrative officer.

Woman takes matters into her own hands against identity thief

“I think that as individuals, we make up what Albuquerque is. I could sit here and complain and cry about how miserable and unhappy I am, but I need to see the positive.” – Angelica Sanchez, longtime Albuquerque resident

After having her car stolen and mail box broken into, one Albuquerque woman decided enough was enough when her husband’s identity was stolen. Steve Soliz talked to her about her story after she took matters into her own hands.

Police calls reveal riskiest spots for property crime

“I didn't think that would be happening around here, but I guess so." – Stephanie Boone, Albuquerque resident

People deserve to know where in Albuquerque they are most likely to fall victim to crime.

So Jen French took a look at the places that criminals target the most for burglary, robbery, auto burglary and auto theft. The results might surprise you.

Improved streetlights may help illuminate path to crime solution

"Our city, currently, for the last number of decades if you look at the studies is actually under-lit.” – Mayor Richard Berry

According to research, streetlights are practically an invitation for criminals to come do their worst. So why do so many in the city remain broken?

Morgan Aguilar talked to the mayor about the problem.

Crime problem can cause psychological issues for community

“I mean there was crime back then, but not quite like this, not like what we have now." – Rich Walters, Albuquerque resident

Eddie Garcia talked to an Albuquerque man who says he is much more aware of his surroundings after being a victim of crime that cost him thousands of dollars.

Experts say that isn’t out of the norm, and in a city with as much crime as Albuquerque, it can mean widespread psychological effects.

At risk of losing insurance, businesses taking extra measures for security

"If I was looking to open the business right now and I had a choice between here and somewhere else, I'd look somewhere else.” – Kurt Nilson, local small business owner

Crime is so prevalent in Albuquerque, it can be hard for businesses to keep their insurance.

Joy Wang talked to the owner of a local business who, as a result, has had to get innovative when it comes to security.

Group aims to make downtown a safer place

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

As crime escalates, residents are forming their own neighborhood watch groups to combat the epidemic. 

Steve Soliz also talked to a retired teacher who now spends her days organizing crime prevention plans as part of a second career of sorts. 

Police, commununities partner for Neighborhood Watch programs

"If you come to our street, we're watching." - Eric Jackson, northwest Albuquerque Neighborhood Watch block captain. 

Neighbors familiarizing themselves with each other can go a long way to keeping an eye on potential criminals, and providing a stronger sense of community. 

Morgan Aguilar found out what it takes to form organized watch groups. 

Downtown resident says mayoral candidates must address crime problem

"Get them on the ground, in the neighborhood, seeing what we have to see every single day." - Terry Brunner, downtown Albuquerque resident

Steve Soliz talked to a longtime resident who urged candidates running in this fall's mayoral elections to understand just what they're getting into as far as battling a crime epidemic that keeps gaining momentum. 

What is behind the revolving door for criminals?

"We just witnessed 25 or 30 people being released on their own recognizance with nothing more than a promise to show up in court." - John Madrid, local bail bondsman. 

KOB's Danielle Todesco went to the forefront of the action in a county courthouse and witnessed alleged offender after alleged offender being released only on the promise that they show back up in court for their trial. With the courts using a new tool to judge how likely suspects of crime are not to return to court, many alleged offenders are returning to the streets. 

Then, Todesco interviewed the New Mexico Supreme Court justice who spearheaded the effort for the new court procedures, ones that he said are "resulting in smarter decisions."

Small business owners say crime problem hits them hard

"I think they (city leaders) have their own agenda, and I don't think the people of Albuquerque are on it." -- local small business owner 

Chris Ramirez held a focus group with several local small business owners to talk candidly about how the increase in crime has affected them. A singular message was clear: They expect more from city leaders. 

Want to help create questions for our televised mayoral debate?

On Sept. 15, in conjunction with New Mexico First, KOB will host a live debate, giving mayoral candidates a chance to answer questions from citizens. The questions will be formed beforehand throughout the day via town halls throughout the city. 

If you would like to participate in one of the town halls and help create questions for the city's future leader, click here.

Join the conversation

Stay tuned for our continuing #abq4ward coverage in the coming weeks and months, and remember to join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #abq4ward. What would you like to know about crime in Albuquerque and what the city is doing about it?

You can also share story ideas or reach out directly to the KOB team here.

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