UNM basketball, APD unite to put a dent in ABQ auto theft | KOB 4

UNM basketball, APD unite to put a dent in ABQ auto theft

Patrick Hayes
September 22, 2018 10:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Police and the University of New Mexico men’s basketball team joined forces Saturday afternoon near Dreamstyle Arena to provide local drivers with added security.


The group spent hours etching VIN numbers into car windows, which helps to identify vehicles if they are stolen. According to police, VIN-etched vehicles are less likely to get stolen and easier to recover if they are targeted.

“So what that does is if the car is stolen and the VIN plate is switched, it would require the thief to switch out every single window which now becomes costly," said APD Deputy Chief Harold Medina.

Lobo basketball players greeted drivers as they pulled into the parking. Police said the athletes helped attract more people to the event.

“I think the basketball players are a fine example of the youth leadership in our community," Medina said. "We want to create a positive interaction between law enforcement and the youth of today.”

Tavian Percy, one of several Lobo players attending the event said they want their impact to be felt beyond the hardwood.

“Knowing that we’re the No. 1 school for auto theft, we, as a community, we don’t just care about the basketball team, we try to reach out and give to the community," he said. “We heard about all the auto theft and we had officer Medina come in and had a team meeting about it and decided to partner together. Hopefully, it’ll make the crime rate go down.”


Patrick Hayes

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