BY SABRINA LARSEN
Last Sunday evening, while shopping at our Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos, I witnessed not one but two shoplifting within 15 minutes of each other. These thieves emerged from Smith’s with their carts full of household items and detergent. For a brief moment, I thought I was in Albuquerque as I watched the thieves casually walk out of Smith’s with their ill-gotten gains!
Shoplifting in a city near you is us, Los Alamos. Our quiet little town has never known such brazen disrespect for the law or its fellow citizens. Shoplifting happens at Smith more than anyone would like to admit and we need to wake up and do something about it. If we don’t act, crime and theft will only get worse and thieves will become more violent. Waiting for someone to die from armed robbery is not acceptable. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
Instead of complaining about who has the right of way at the McDonald’s drive-thru or complaining about the county piling snow in the driveways, let’s get involved in solving tough problems!. What can we do to ensure that Los Alamos continues to be that scenic, virtually crime-free, safe space that has attracted so many families and individuals?
First and foremost, inform the Chief of Police of your concerns as well as the county council. Offer them ideas and solutions. For example, the county could benefit from purchasing mobile cameras to deploy in parking lots. This will not only help deter shoplifting, but can also make it easier to prosecute if thieves just can’t help themselves.
Vote Los Alamos! Vote for local, state, and federal candidates who want our neighborhoods back, want offenders held accountable, are against capture and release, and are tough on crime.
I grew up in Los Alamos, graduated from Los Alamos High School and went to college swearing I would never come back. Ironically, I was brought back to Los Alamos because of the security I was used to and wanted for my children. We, the people of Los Alamos, deserve to live in a safe city that takes crime seriously.
If you don’t see a problem with what’s going on, you’re part of the problem. According to the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, New Mexico’s crime rate is the highest of the 48 contiguous states and 2n/a the highest nationally. It’s up to us to determine the fate of Los Alamos. Together, let’s take a stand.