APD really, really wants to prevent car thefts

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The Albuquerque Police Department is fed up with stolen cars…really, really fed up.

In their own spin on a Twitter trend, the department posted a plea to Albuquerque residents to stop leaving their vehicles unattended as they warm up in the mornings. The department constantly uses their social media to remind the public of the dangers of leaving their cars unattended.

Thirty-six warm-up auto thefts occurred from Jan. 7 – Jan. 27, and that doesn’t count the five additional thefts that happened this week alone.

Theft numbers from 2016 led to UNM being ranked as the college campus with the most cars stolen that year with 140.

APD offered VIN etching and the university even started selling locks in its bookstore to curb crime. However, despite the warnings, warm up thefts are still occurring.

The City of Albuquerque lists the following tips to prevent your car from being stolen.

  • Do not hide a spare key in the car
  • Park in a well-lit area
  • Mount motion-sensor lights over your garage
  • Completely roll up windows
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Back your car into the driveway to prevent thieves from hotwiring
  • Do not leave the car’s title in the vehicle
  • Etch VIN number on windshields and in crayon in the trunk, under the hood
  • Verify valet 
  • Never leave your car running

If your car is stolen, report the theft to APD immediately. Also, contact the NM Motor Vehicle Department to cancel the car’s registration to prevent it from being re-registered.

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