ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Residents in one Northwest Albuquerque neighborhood are fed up. They say students from the nearby middle school are using their properties as a playground.
Becky Ybarra has lived in her subdivision, near Paradise and Unser, for three years. She says it’s peaceful, until the school bell rings, and students from James Monroe Middle School start cutting through.
“[They’ve been] kicking garage doors, we’ve had mud balls thrown at garage doors, they like to jump all the walls to get to subdivisions nearby,” said Ybarra.
Ybarra recorded the latest incident. Last Tuesday she says two boys were running around, kicking her neighbor’s garage and they even destroyed part of a holiday display.
Deena Rabadi is annoyed too. She lives a few houses down and says kids are constantly hopping her fence to get to the neighborhood behind her.
“This is a quiet area, so they like to cause little trouble here and there,” Rabadi said.
The kids use her trashcans to make the jump over the fence.
“I feel violated when people get in my property. I mean, I don’t mind if they walk by it, but don’t mess with my property,” said Rabadi.
Both women posted their frustrations on the neighborhood forum Next Door and got a lot of responses.
Ybarra said, “Other neighbors who are running into kids doing little things on their properties, little things getting taken out of their unlocked cars.”
Ybarra contacted the school but says she knows there’s little that they can do after hours. Now she and Rabadi are hoping their parents can help restore the peace.
Rabadi said, “It’s parents responsibility to talk with their children about respecting other people’s property.”
“They just need to be a little more respectful,” said Ybarra.
Both women say they’ve spoken to the police, but because no damage has been done, they’ve been told there’s nothing they can do.
Residents say some cars have also been broken into lately, but it’s unclear who did that.