Saturday, August 07, 2010

Old Town's crime spike: the solution suggests itself

Old Town's crime spike: the solution suggests itself

There has been a recent increase in theft and vandalism in Albuquerque's Old Town. In response, APD has increased its horse patrols. It is suggested that "[o]fficers on horseback may look like part of the historical tourist attraction", but this would only be the case if they wore Old West style clothing rather than 21st Century Police-State uniforms.

So, I have a suggestion. Why not let them dress the part? The modern uniform adds nothing positive, while returning to a more respectable era, at least in appearance, might have a psychological effect on would-be bad guys. Then, adding to the historical nature of the neighborhood, encourage shop owners to wear sidearms as well.

Delusional merchants, showing a remarkable lack of awareness of reality, say that as long as they see the cops around, they feel safe. Instead of massaging their "feelings", why not actually increase their safety? Remind them that their safety, and their property, is their responsibility.

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