Nob Hill business owners concerned about broken street lights

Updated: 01/04/2014 12:51 AM | Created: 01/03/2014 10:21 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A string of sidewalk lights are leaving a few Nob Hill businesses in the dark.

Now one business owner is speaking out in hopes to protect the area.

When the New Mexico sun goes down, worries rise on a lone block in Nob Hill.

“The sun has just gone down and it’s not as dark as it will be but the lights haven't been on for at least a couple of weeks,” said Robert Steinberg who has owned The Stone Mountain Bead Gallery on Central Ave. near Morningside for the past 21 years.

“I sell beads jewelry and hand crafts from around the world,” he said.

He says a few of his neighboring businesses in Nob Hill have been broken into this past month. With the street light out he has a strong feeling he may be next.

“In Nob Hill there have been a couple of dozen break-ins of businesses and I don't like the idea of having no lights it seems like it would encourage bad things to happen,” he said.

Steinberg is no stranger to break-ins himself but he says he can only do so much.

“I have an alarm, I have bars on my door, but I don't feel like I'm getting help from the city.

According to the city they are in charge of 36,000 lights in Albuquerque. They say only 80 of them are out.

The city says they respond to outages according to priority.    

First traffic lights next are street lamps and last are lights on the sidewalk.

“It’s dark all night long and I can’t be here all night,” Steinberg said.

Owners like Steinberg argue protecting their livelihood should be the number one priority.

“Right in the heart of Central Avenue, Nob Hill and there are no street lights,” he said, “It doesn't make sense.”

KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with the person in charge of city construction projects Friday.

He says they will be fixing these lights as soon as possible.

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