Damn, it is a very sad commentary when people are afraid to sleep in their own homes for fear of getting murdered as reported in this Channel 7 report regarding the neighbors of the 87 year old woman found murdered in her home.
No suspects and no motive for the murder have been identified.
Yet we have a Chief of Police and a Mayor that does not even try to assure people in any manner that is just not the case.
But then again, why should they when they know it’s true.
The murdered victims neighbors were afraid to appear on camera out of fear that the murderer may target them and return.
The neighbors report that they are frustrated with APD not giving them any information on what happened or how their neighbor was killed.
You would think the Chief or at least his designate would try and meet with the neighbors to discuss the case and make some assurances on their safety.
Many of the neighbors said they no longer go out at night and have changed their habits and have taken extra precautions to protect themselves.
It is as though the people of Albuquerque have become so numb to our rising crime rates, accept this as the new norm, and do not have any outrage to hold Berry and Eden at all accountable for the rising crime rates and what they have done to what was at one time one of the best law enforcement agencies in the country.
Berry and Eden are on their way out in five (5) months and have done nothing in the last three years to address our violent crime and property crime problem except blame the Court’s and the legislature.
Albuquerque’s violent and property crime rates have hit a 10 year high.
According to the Bernalillo County District Attorneys Office, from 2009 to 2015, Albuquerque’s violent crime rate jumped 21.5% and the city is fifth-most violent city in the country on a per capita basis while the nation’s violent crime rated dropped by 13.7%. (See June 23, 2017 Albuquerque Journal, page A-1, Justice council challneges DA’s criticism of court rules.)
In 2015, there were 34,082 property crimes with a 15% increase.
Murders spiked from 30 in 2014 to 46 in 2015.
In 2015, Albuquerque’s violent crimes jumped by 9.6% and property crimes increased by 11.7%.
Seven years ago, APD had 1,100 sworn police officer and response times had been brought down below the national average and crime rates were hitting historical lows.
Today, APD has 826 sworn police officers with only 430 patrolling our streets with response times at historical highs with calls to APD taking hours instead of minutes to respond.
December 1, 2017 when we will be swearing in a new Mayor and hopefully a new Chief cannot come soon enough so that just maybe things can start to change and people can start feeling safe in their homes again.