Recently Carl attended a local Neighborhood Watch meeting where citizens voiced their concerns and discussed how to help each other keep their communities safe.
Our communities in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico are special places, where people care about each other and get to know their neighbors. Common sense tells us that the more of that we do, the safer we all are.
Recently the Santa Fe Police Department reported that residential burglaries have increased 52 percent the first four months of the year, as compared to the same months in 2011. The men and women of the SFPD are doing their absolute best to address the problem, but they can use our help.
There is no easy answer to combating crime, but together we can do a lot to ensure the safety of our families. We can make our community safer by becoming involved in neighborhood watch groups, making close relationships with our neighbors, and reporting suspicious activity.
Another way we can protect our communities is by supporting candidates and legislators that will fight hard for the safety of our neighborhoods. State legislators may not have direct authority over public safety, but there is still a lot of work that can be done at the Roundhouse to help reduce crime.
This includes giving people more hope of a better economic future, which will in turn give our kids more options beyond gangs and drugs and violent crime. They can support schools so that our graduation rate improves and teachers have all the resources they need to keep students engaged and learning. And anti-drug programs can be supported, which will help reduce the crime often committed by those
struggling with addiction.
Now’s our time to elect candidates that will listen to our concerns and make public safety in our neighborhoods a priority!