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New APD program will combat package thefts in Albuquerque

Ryan Laughlin
December 18, 2018 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new program launched by the Albuquerque Police Department is targeting package thieves.

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"We want to catch people in the act,” said APD spokesperson Simon Drobik.

He said Amazon donated nearly 60 Ring Cameras and provided police with a heat map of where the stealing packages off of doorsteps is a major problem.

Drobik said this was new information.

“Probably only 15 percent of package thefts, 15, get reported to police," Drobik said.

The bait package program uses the same infrastructure that the APD’s bait car operation uses.

Police said the boxes will have real valuables donated from Walmart and tracking devices to catch the crooks. They wouldn’t say how many bait boxes will be used or which neighborhoods they will be targeting.

"We don't want the crooks to know where we're going to hit these guys hard,” Drobik said.

If you want to help police they said to download the “p3 Tips” app to download your own surveillance video to their Crime Stoppers division.

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