ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Police are canvassing southwest Albuquerque, meeting with every business and restaurant owner in the area, in an attempt to open the lines of communication among merchants and law enforcement.
“The biggest and most important goal is opening the lines of communication between businesses,” APD Lt. Arturo Sanchez said.
The theory is that merchants keep an eye out and know who’s causing trouble in their immediate area. APD hopes to hold monthly forums to keep merchants in touch so everyone is more aware of what’s going on.
APD ran a similar program in the same area several years ago and said it was successful at lowering the crime rate.
With a recent boom in business, police said the proactive approach is needed again.
While it will take weeks to go to every business and restaurant, police said there could be a big payoff.
“Ultimately it’s fear of crime we want to reduce,” Sanchez said, noting this means people would feel safe coming to the area to shop, which is a win for businesses.
Police are also reaching out to certain neighborhoods that have traditionally been suspicious of law enforcement in an attempt to break down that barrier.