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Homeowner believes neighborhood surveillance network would help fight crime

Morgan Aguilar
September 22, 2017 06:49 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A northwest Albuquerque man is hoping to bring his neighbors together to fight crime.

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Derek Atchley and his family have lived in the same Taylor Ranch home for 13 years. In that time, he said, they have definitely noticed an increase in crime in the area since they first moved there. Crimemapping.com shows the 87120 ZIP code has had nearly 60 reports of burglary, robbery, vandalism, or car break-ins and thefts in just the past month.

Atchley is a third-generation New Mexican and he’s proud to call Albuquerque home, despite having first-hand knowledge of the city’s high crime rate.

"As a youth, our home was broken into twice," he said. "As an adult, I've had my vehicle broken into. Even here on this street, we've had Christmas lights stolen."

Since his mother-in-law had security cameras installed several months ago, Atchley has been researching different camera companies. He said it was then that something caught his eye.

"I came across Ring, and they had a little link up at the top called 'Neighborhoods,' so I clicked on that and they have a whole virtual neighborhood watch association," he said.

The idea is that if every neighbor’s surveillance footage is on the same network, they could easily view and share that footage with each other. It's intended to create a better timeline and capture more images of a potential suspect.

"That's what I thought was so attractive about it -- forming more of a net of video cameras rather than just one individual camera that might miss 90 percent of what's happening," Atchley said.

Atchley said he feels having the sequence of surveillance footage could also make it easier for law enforcement to catch the suspects.

"I think it's just time for us to stand up and say you know I think we've had enough crime," he said. "We've had enough nonsense. Let's start making a difference."

Atchley has been in touch with some of the leaders at Ring.com about creating a "virtual neighborhood watch" in Albuquerque. If you’re interested in joining his effort, contact Phillip Dienstag at pdienstag@ring.com.

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