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(DD note: The following Property Crime Alert comes to us from APD spokesman Bill Jackson. While this report was written originally to residents in the southwest part of the city, Mr. Jackson also says, in essence, auto thefts and burglaries are a wide-spread problem that all city and county residents need to be aware of and he offers some great advice on how to, at least, deter auto thieves during this busy summer season. Keep that in mind as you read his comments below.)

GENERAL PROPERTY CRIME ALERT: AUTO BURGLARIES

Daily reports are showing an increase in auto burglaries again in our (SW) area. Due to this, the following information is repeated for all neighborhood associations:

1 PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLE! Many reports list the car as having been unlocked.

2 PARK IN WELL LIGHTED AREAS, PREFERABLY YOUR DRIVEWAY

3 USE YOUR GARAGE IF YOU HAVE ONE

4 NEVER LEAVE WALLETS, PURSES, OR ANYTHING OF VALUE IN THE CAR ANYWHERE YOU PARK

5 BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PERSONS WITH HOODIES UP PROWLING CARS IN YOUR AREA AT ANY TIME

6 IMMEDIATELY CALL POLICE IF YOU SEE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS

ALWAYS REMEMBER: YOUR CAR/TRUCK IS THE MOST INSECURE THING YOU OWN (as it’s already on wheels)

Also, you may have already seen the program on increased auto thefts in the city being aired on Channel 13. Be advised that our area (SW) is no better or worse that the rest of the city regarding the auto theft problem. The best thing to be learned from the article and reports is this: Thieves are targeting all heavy duty type pickups again, This includes Ford F-250 & 350, Chevy 2500’s and Dodge HD Rams. These vehicles are difficult to park in driveways and almost always impossible to fit in garages. Be aware of the popularity of these vehicles and take action to make them safe & secure wherever they are parked. If you have such a vehicle and need advice on how to better secure them, please call me at 839-6431.

Bill Jackson

Crime Free Programs

Southwest Command

839-6400

Here are several phone numbers to call to report suspicious activities or actual crimes in progress:

In the City of Albuquerque:

For actual emergencies (only) 911

For urgent calls 311

For non-urgent calls/inquiries 242-COPS (2677)