On the evening of March 27, KOAT TV, Target 7, posted the follow story:
“Most people are locked inside their homes right now. But are criminals?
Early data suggests they are; however, local security companies suggest otherwise.
“The crime situation in Albuquerque is holding steady and actually down slightly,” Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said at his daily coronavirus response briefing. “Because more people are home, there are a lot of theories on this could be why crime is slightly down.”
Target 7 combed through arrest records to find out.
Since the governor’s first public health order March 12, there have been 51 fewer people arrested on felonies when compared to the same time last year. There is also a 6% drop in police reports filed this year. But some say they are seeing more crime despite what the data says.
“The number of car burglaries and business burglaries in the last 48 hours is completely off the chart,” said Peter Darrel Kindig, owner of Narrowgate Security Agency. “My phone is ringing off the hook.”
Kindig said businesses that are forced to close have been calling him, wanting his service and a new type of security system that alerts security officers in the field if there is suspicious motion.
When the system goes off, it alerts an officer in a car, video pops up, and the officer can activate red and blue lights and a siren and even talk to the person remotely.
“People now don’t want just an alarm that goes off after they are burglarized,” Kindig said. “They want something that alerts before the burglary takes place.”
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
It is truly amazing, and somewhat depressing, how everything we see and hear on the local, state and national news is all consuming and tied to the corona virus pandemic.\
In Albuquerque, it looks like it has taken a worldwide pandemic to get Albuquerque’s high crime rates down seeing as nothing else has worked for the last 8 years!
You gotta wonder if the the Mayor, the DA, the legislators and the courts will now lay the claim it was their plan all along to bring down the city’s high crime rates.