Nob Hill merchants want more police presence

Updated: 12/23/2013 10:50 PM | Created: 12/23/2013 10:46 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Replacing broken windows is a scene that is all too common in the Nob Hill area.

“Down in this area there are a ton of local businesses unfortunately a bunch of us have been hit,” said Emmanuelle Durham with Re-Animated Art Gallery. She is one of several owners who have had to pay thousands of dollars in stolen items and damages.

Many owners argue replacing glass and getting an alarm system is just a temporary fix.

They want more police patrolling. To prevent future hits.

“A lot of businesses can’t afford to put in alarms to keep that from happening so we definitely need more police presence in the area,” said Carey Wood with Red Shoe.

“Our neighbors have had issues and we definitely do want that here, because we are a new business and we have a lot to lose,” said Alec Ferguson, The Owner of Shade Tree.

ABQ City Council Members are considering a budget plan for $115,000 to increase manpower downtown.

Now owners ask why they can’t get something similar in their community, which is just a couple of miles away.

“We’re not just starving artists everybody is just trying their best,” said Durham.

APD warns you can't assume that what works downtown would work in Nob Hill.

The two communities are different and APD has to treat them each uniquely.

City Councilor Rey Gordon says he wants to see more police in his district as well, and he's been reassured by APD that more officers will be there, especially during the holidays.

We are currently working an extensive tactic plan in the area including SE Units, Burglary Units and the Real Time Crime Center, which includes video surveillance,” said Tasia Martinez a spokeswoman for APD, “Graveyard Units have been focusing on that area because the burglaries are occurring after business hours. We have also been working on educating the businesses on having adequate surveillance and alarm systems in their businesses.”

Re-Animated Styles is hosting a benefit fundraiser to recover some of what was lost in our break-in. Due to no insurance at the time there is much room for recovery.  "Revive” is the name of the event. Saturday December 28 at 107 Jefferson NE 87108 

Everything in the store will be let go based on any donations towards the loss. They will also have professional photographers (1pm-5pm) taking head shots or a full body shots biased upon request the photo sessions will based on donations.

“We also have an account set up at New Mexico Educators under Re-Animated Styles,” Durham said. “We will be open 12-5 Tuesday- Saturday for any questions feel free to call or text 505-918-9592”

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