ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a neighborhood watch that puts all others to shame.
These guys take protecting their neighborhood seriously, very seriously.
The patrol team in an Albuquerque neighborhood is out 24/7 in marked cars, even communicating via radio thanks to their smart phones.
Drew Baughman and his neighborhood watch and patrol team in northeast Albuquerque’s Princess Jeanne neighborhood have a system unlike any other.
Its very own tech support has the team equipped with a computer aided dispatch system that logs all their calls and even maps out the crime.
A dispatcher knows who is out at all times and there is someone out at all times in marked cars.
The team is made up of 20 volunteers ranging in ages from 22 to 90.
They go out and just watch, looking for anything suspicious like open doors or graffiti.
Just a few days ago Baughman says they took care of a case of a Peeping Tom with the help of neighbors and cameras in the area.
“We copied that picture and took it over to our tech guys and they brought it up on their big screen and zoomed in and we were able to get a positive ID,” Neighborhood Patrol Supervisor Drew Baughman said.
He also says he’s seen less graffiti.
Those subtle signs of change make all of this worth it.
I have a lot of pride in the neighborhood,” Baughman said. “Especially when you look at the history, that’s something I believe in.”