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City's Safe Exchange Zones to feature live monitoring

Morgan Aguilar
July 20, 2017 06:27 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Websites and apps can be a great way to turn one person’s trash into another’s treasure. However, it can also create a perfect opportunity for criminals.

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"You hear all across the nation where people are put into terrible situations with these internet transactions," said Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden.

Just two months ago, KOB reported about two app –based sales gone wrong. One woman was robbed at gunpoint when she met the seller at 63rd and Central.

Days later, a Rio Rancho teen had his motorcycle stolen when the potential buyer took it for a test drive from his home.

That’s why the City of Albuquerque and APD leaders created Safe Exchange Zones last year. They’re designated parking spots at APD substations for anyone wanting to buy or sell something with a complete stranger.

They’ve always been under video surveillance, but it wasn't monitored live, until now.

"The CPCs (Community Policing Councils) made a recommendation that we monitor them 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Eden.

The cameras at all six APD area commands now send a live feed to the Real Time Crime Center. It’s a system the RTCC staff had to build, though the cameras were already installed.

In addition to internet exchanges, the spots can also be used to prevent domestic violence when children are exchanged as part of a custody arrangement. They could also be a safe place to pull over and call police if you feel you’re being followed.

"We had a couple of incidents that happened in the last week where people were actually following people that had pointed a gun at them," said Eden.

You can familiarize yourself with the locations of the APD Area Commands here: https://www.cabq.gov/police/our-department/area-commands

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