It’s no secret Albuquerque has a car theft problem that has trickled down to the University of New Mexico. However, UNM thinks it’s found a way to help deter those thieves.
UNM’s Bookstore was offering a lot of discounts Friday on clothes, books and locks.
“You would need a large device to be able to manipulate one of these things,” UNMPD’s Lieutenant Trace Peck said.
They’re not just any locks: they’re bike locks and clubs for cars.
“People are going to look in your car and see one of these things and go to the weaker target,” Lt. Peck said. “So if we could get this on every vehicle I would be tickle-me-pink because we wouldn’t have any auto thefts.”
This is a first for the university. After a lot of research, UNM partnered with the Bookstore and Winner International, the company that makes those bike locks and clubs.
“We reached out to several universities and we found out that this program is available,” Byron Piatt said.
Piatt is the emergency manager for the university. He said UNM is tired of being targeted by car thieves and this is just another tool.
Piatt points to other universities, like Wayne State University, in Detroit. He said after they started using the program, they saw results.
“They had a severe auto theft crime problem and they went from around 72 in one semester to almost none,” Piatt said.
Students and faculty said they can get on board with this initiative, especially when it comes at a discount.
According to UNM, all the devices are being sold nearly 30 percent below retail price.
“The Club Twin Hook Steering Wheel Lock and the Club Compact Bike/Utility Lock are both being sold for $17.99. The larger Club Bike/Utility Lock is being sold for $22.99.”
You don’t have to be a student to purchase any of the items. Students can use their UNM bursar’s account to purchase the devices.
UNM will also demonstrate how to utilize the locks and clubs.