Bernalillo County awarded a monetary grant to the Classic Uptown Neighborhood Association to fund a crime prevention program in our neighborhood called CUNA WATCH. This program was conceived by the board of directors of your neighborhood association, and is designed to help inform and protect our residents, as well as involve as many of you as possible in preventing, detecting, and reporting criminal activity in our neighborhood.
In September of 2016, several residents took training provided by the Albuquerque Police Department in creating a neighborhood crime patrol. Thus, some of your neighbors now cruise our neighborhood streets, on the alert for suspicious activity. Neighborhood patrols are recognizable by the distinctive magnetic CUNA WATCH signs affixed to the “patrol” cars. Patrols are trained to recognize, record, and report suspicious persons and activities to APD. We hope that the regular appearance and presence of these patrols helps deter criminals from victimizing our residents.
All Classic Uptown residents received a card in the mail providing telephone numbers to call for all sorts of emergencies, as well as reporting crimes and suspicious activity. CUNA also provided a CUNA WATCH window sticker to alert neighbors, and also inform potential criminals that you and other residents are looking out for each other.
We cannot overstress the fact that crime prevention requires concerted vigilance, communication, and cooperation among neighbors. However, residents must also look out for their personal safety. NEVER intercede in what you think is a crime in process. Instead, call the police and report what you see in as much detail as possible. Do NOT accost a potential criminal. That is the job of a trained police officer.
Your neighborhood association invites you to participate in CUNA WATCH by getting to know your neighbors, being aware of strange cars or suspicious people in the neighborhood, and letting other folks know you’re looking out for your neighbors’ best interests. You can also volunteer to take training and participate in neighborhood patrols if you have the inclination, time, and ability to do so. Sadly, the crime rate in Albuquerque is rising, and we just don’t have enough police officers at this time to patrol our streets with the regularity and frequency we would like. But concerned neighbors can make a difference by looking out for one another and sending a strong message to criminals that: we are not easy marks, we know they are up to no good, and we are not hesitant to call police and report what we think may be a potential or actual crime.
APD sponsored a neighborhood training session for CUNA Watch members on 9/17/2016
Officer Pete Gelabert from APD NW Area Command was our instructor, and provided great instruction on crime, legal considerations, observation techniques, and safety.
Look for this magnetic sign on CUNA WATCH patrol cars in our neighborhood.