Apparently, the only person in Albuquerque that feels safe is Chief Sergeant Schultz who seems to know nothing about the paper work he signs and even less about how dangerous Albuquerque has become. In our unscientific Eye Poll, 71% of readers don't feel as safe as they did just four years ago. 27% of Eye readers felt safer than they were four years ago and 3% didn't know.
The truth is that Albuquerque is a more dangerous city, particularly if you are a woman. While the number of murders per year hover between 34 and 53 per year, forcible rape has gone almost straight up since a 2004 eight year low of 234. Last year there were 370 forcible rapes in Albuquerque an increase of almost 60% in four years.
Our Eyes tell us that there have already been 38 murders this year - not counting the 12 Westside serial killer victims. Armed robbery is up 28% since 2003 with 1,350 incidents just last year. Meanwhile, burglary is up 13% and motor vehicle theft is up 15% since 2002. These numbers aren't a national secret - they're available from the FBI.
Crime is becoming the signature issue in this year's election - as it should be. Since the Chief of Police is an at-will employee of the mayor, the mayor is directly responsible for his performance or lack thereof.
Not surprisingly Marty won't take responsibility, but he's more than willing to show up at the next ribbon cutting sporting his smarmy smile.
This week, we're taking our second look at the mayor's race. Let us know who you want to be Albuquerque's next mayor!
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes