City of Albuquerque launching new program to tackle illegal dumping, graffiti

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The City of Albuquerque says it needs a boost in security to tackle a constant problem.

“The graffiti and illegal dumping has always been a hot spot in Albuquerque,” said Gilbert Montaño, Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Chief of Staff.

That’s why the city will soon place mobile surveillance trailers around Albuquerque.

“We hear the most from the neighborhood groups,” said Montaño.

The hope is to catch taggers and illegal dumpers.

“Because it will be a security mechanism, the live feeds will be going into our real time crime center,” said Montaño.

If these trailers sound familiar, that’s because the Albuquerque Police Department has already had them watching over parts of the city for years.

Most recently, Parks and Rec got one to put up at problem parks.

“Some of the vagrancy and panhandling happening in parks, we’ve been able to cut that down just by the mere presence of this type of equipment,” said Montaño.

The new trailers will cost $140,000 for four of them. The city said it’s an investment that is worth it.

“That’s ultimately the goal we want to maintain, to keep our city beautiful,” said Montaño.

KRQE News 13 asked people what they thought of the new trailers.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said one person.

“I think if the neighborhood agrees on it, it probably depends on that community,” said another person.

The city ensures privacy is a priority and they won’t place the security cameras just anywhere. Montaño said they’ll work with neighborhood associations and constantly move them around so criminals never know when the city is watching.

The graffiti and illegal dumping program will officially launch in four months.

City officials said the one trailer they have for Parks and Rec has been so successful, they’re about to buy six more.

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