Nob Hill business owners say crime in the area has gone up
September 23, 2018 05:13 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Safety concerns on the minds of Nob Hill business owners became more resonant after a Friday night shooting that has them seeking answers.
Albuquerque Police say two people were arrested after a domestic violence incident that spilled into the street. Andrea and Anthony Aragon fired shots in the direction of two women in a car on Richmond Avenue in the area.
The women were able to get to safety, and now police are investigating who fired the rounds.
"You'd think in a nice area like Nob Hill there would be more security, more people just keeping out, but people don't care," said Harry Larkin, who works near late-night bars and eateries.
Larkin says crime in the area has increased recently.
"People trying to break into stories down here I've noticed a lot, especially with ours," he said. "I don't take that, especially at our store. I always pack heat, and anyone who tries to break into our store or wants to hurt one of our employees, I'm always going to take care of our employees and help whoever is in need."
Larkin added many businesses are constantly trying to cope with homeless people they say cause problems in the area. APD reopened and restaffed a nearby substation in June to address crime, but officers are only there three days a week until 10 p.m.
"They just come by thinking they own the streets and push everyone around," he said. "Another problem I see is a large drinking problem. We have bars down here and whatnot, but people are just going around acting childish."
It's led him to always be vigilant while he's at work.
"I have to keep her safe, (keep) my kids safe," Larkin said. "I have to keep my employees safe and the people who come in here safe.
Updated: September 23, 2018 05:13 PM
Created: September 23, 2018 05:07 PM
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