ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – APD says burglaries are down across the city and they say proactive police work and the public are to thank for it. Police say they’re taking a three-pronged approach to cutting down on residential burglaries and three months worth of statistics show it’s working.
“In the month of March, Crime Stoppers was responsible for three arrests. In the month of April when we started putting a little bit of information out, really advertising and letting the public know who we’re looking for, we increased that arrests to eight,” explains APD Property and Economic Crimes Commander Harold Medina.
Medina says in May, the number of Crime Stoppers arrests doubled to 16. In fact, according to APD, burglaries are down as much as 73 percent compared to the same time last year.
Commander Harold Medina attributes it to being proactive and working with the community. He says, instead of waiting for crime to happen, law enforcement is looking for criminals. He says arresting repeat burglars, even if they’re only behind bars for a couple of weeks, could mean a dozen or more fewer burglaries.
Medina says they’ve also been providing more education to the public when it comes to recognizing crime and what to look for. Plus, Medina says they’ve been working hard to teach people how to prevent becoming a victim.
He says it all comes down to the public helping police do their job.
“It’s their eyes, them reporting individuals who they know are wanted, them taking ownership of this city that is assisting us in lowering these rates. The Albuquerque Police department, without the help of the public, we will never be able to lower crime rates the way we’d like,” says Medina.
Medina says residential burglaries are a top priority because of the financial and emotional impact it has on its victims.
According to those crime stats, the southeast area command saw the most burglaries in April while the northwest saw the least.