Senior citizen community hit by car thefts | KOB 4

Senior citizen community hit by car thefts

Patrick Hayes
December 03, 2018 06:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Residents at Brentwood Gardens in northeast Albuquerque told KOB their lives are in danger.


The senior living community is located off the I-25 near San Mateo and has been a hot spot for crime.

According to residents, their cars are being broken into and sometimes even stolen.

Catherine Gleason has lived at the apartment complex for nine years.

“We’re a compromised population here. We’re senior citizens for the most part and I’m out here walking my dog at night,” Gleason said.

Gleason told KOB her car has been broken into several times and she has a hard time paying for repairs because she’s on a fixed income.

Another resident, Jacob Najar, said his truck was stolen after being broken into multiple times.

Now, both want the complex to start paying for a full-time security guard.

"It upsets me because my kids live here and that puts my kids in danger because you never know what can happen,” Najar said.

Gleason said she’s reported problems in the past and the complex did hire a part-time guard but that only last for a couple of weeks.

She wants a permanent solution.

Rose Silva-Smith, a spokesperson with the property owners, said they work with APD and plan to offer its residents classes on safety but said there are no plans to add security at this time.


Patrick Hayes

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