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ADAPT Program Continues to Clean Up Albuquerque

Agreement for new security measures at Walgreens stores already reducing crime.

October 4, 2021

The City of Albuquerque’s Abandoned and Dilapidated Abatement Property Team (ADAPT) Program and Walgreens have reached an agreement aimed at reducing criminal activity at eight Walgreens locations within the city. The agreement outlines repairs and improvements that are already reducing crime associated with liquor sales.

During inspections, ADAPT identified that Walgreens locations that sell bottles of distilled spirits that are 100ml or less (commonly referred to as “splits”) have, on average, more than two times the amount of criminal activity as the locations within the city that do not. The crimes associated with these locations included aggravated assault, aggravated battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, auto burglary, battery, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, larceny, robbery, shoplifting and trafficking.

“This agreement is just one of the steps we are taking to clean up our city,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “The ADAPT program focuses on high criminal activity locations in order to reduce crime and we are grateful to business owners who are willing to make changes to make our city safer.”

The agreement requires specific Walgreens locations to install locking liquor security cabinets and store all distilled spirits within them so that patrons cannot access them without assistance by an employee. In addition, the noted Walgreens properties are required to implement additional security measures, include hiring a security guard during peak business hours and installing “No Trespassing” signs on the property. The Walgreens locations included in the agreement are:

  • 101 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 2105 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 3400 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 6000 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 5201 Central Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 2011 12th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM;
  • 4700 4th St. NW, Albuquerque, NM; and
  • 11200 Montgomery Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM.

“The partnership between the AFR Adapt Program and Walgreens has significantly improved the safety for not only the patrons visiting the store but the employees as well, thus creating a safer community,” said Deputy Chief Kris Romero, Fire Marshal for AFR.

Since the re-inspections of these properties began and following the signing of this Agreement, the four (4) locations that are installing liquor security cabinets have seen large drops in the amount of reported criminal activity occurring there:

  • 11200 Montgomery has seen a 41% reduction in reported criminal activity;
  • 3400 Coors has seen a 92% reduction in reported criminal activity;
  • 101 Coors, the most problematic of the locations, has seen a 30% drop in reported criminal activity; and
  • 2011 12th St. has seen a 62% reduction in reported criminal activity.