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'Bait technology' to expand beyond car thefts, ABQ metro

Updated: 08/14/2014 6:55 PM | Created: 08/14/2014 6:54 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police are ramping up the war against property crime and property criminals - and they're spreading the battleground out beyond the city limits - into Bernalillo County and even Rio Rancho.

APD's best modern weapon against property crime is "bait" technology, the computerized camera-GPS-remote control equipment they use in bait cars.

Bait cars aren't just providing us with a good laugh as we watch stupid criminals all for it again and again – they've caused a dramatic drop in Albuquerque's auto theft rate. Once in the top five in the nation, the city is now about to drop out of the top 20.

Now APD is buying more bait cars – and switching the bait technology to other popular theft items.

"We can bait bicycles," said Cmdr. Harold Medina of APD. "We can bait computers. We can bait a lot of different items, and we're no longer just going to be focusing on baiting vehicles."

Rio Rancho cops can't wait to borrow some bait cars.

"We have quite a bit of property crime as well," said Lt. John Ross of the Rio Rancho Police Department. "As the West Side of Albuquerque grows and Rio Rancho grows, our property crime will increase and we're trying to get ahead of that step, and hopefully take those thieves into custody."

"If you break into a car, if you steal property that doesn't belong to you, there's a good possibility that it belong to the Albuquerque Police Department," said Medina. "We're going to do everything we can to take you into custody."


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