Albuquerque neighbors come together to combat crime

Albuquerque neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Neighbors said it’s a community known for being safe.

“If you look at the crime statistics for this area, it’s very low,” said Richard Lujan.

Recently a rash of crime hit the Southeast neighborhood, leaving residents concerned.

“There was some car break-ins, actually there was a car stolen,” said Lujan.

Neighbors said they’re now coming together like never before.

“We’ve been proactive, but obviously we need to be a bit more proactive in the way we operate to stop this,” said Mehreen Naqvi-Sherazee.

They’re talking about a neighborhood crime watch.

“Maybe you know your neighbor to the left of you, or the right of you, but it’s getting to know that neighbor down the street that you don’t come across,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.

The plan is to have a head watcher on every block who knows the ins and outs of that area.

“You kind of learn about your neighbors activities, you know when somebody goes to work, comes home, you keep an eye out,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.

Then as that block becomes closer, the idea is to leave no room for anything suspicious to go unreported.

“There’s a message out to criminals, you’re not going to be welcome here, we will not tolerate any crime here,” said Lujan.

In a neighborhood with only one entrance, residents said they already have a unique layout to give them the upper hand.

“It’s kind of obvious when you come into this neighborhood, either you’re here to visit, or you live here,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.

Most importantly, they hope their new way to combat crime will let them take back their neighborhood.

“If you’ve got no business being here, we will probably end up knowing,” said Naqvi-Sherazee.

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