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Residents worry darkness is leading to crime in SE Albuquerque

BRITTANY COSTELLO
October 08, 2018 06:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Street lights along Gibson between Truman and Girard have been out for months and some residents fear the darkness could be leading to more crime in the area.

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“Now that people are starting to notice that the lights are out, crime has gone up,” said Chris D’Arco, who lives nearby. “A woman on Gibson had all four of her car tires stolen off of her car in the front.”

D'arco complains that it’s taking too long to repair the lights.

“Me and the neighbors have independently called everybody from PNM the Citelum, to the mayor’s office to public regulations commissioner and nothings been done,” he said.

City officials confirm the median lights have been out for at least a few months. They say the copper wiring was stolen from the poles and then the aluminum wire that was used to replace it was also damaged.

“I guess a few weeks after we repaired all that some potential thieves went in and cut the aluminum wire, until they realized it was aluminum, and then left the rest of the wire for us,” said Johnny Chandler, who is with the city’s Municipal Development Department.

Chandler says repairs take time. He asks for residents to be patient.

 “It does mean that we have to create a work order and that the crews have to go and replace those so they’re trying to replace and fix the copper amongst all the other duties they have as well,” said Chandler.

City officials expect the repairs to be completed by the end of October.

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