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Albuquerque Police Plan for Holiday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city is taking steps to anticipate an increase in property crimes during the holidays.

On Wednesday, the city and Albuquerque Police Department announced their tactical plan to prevent and address property and other crimes. The plan starts today.

APD will deploy bait vehicles across the city in order to discourage auto theft, as well as work in tandem with store security guards to catch organized shoplifting rings, according to an APD news release.

Patrols will also increase at shopping areas, including from horseback, helicopter and bicycle, according to police.

Another part of the plan includes undercover officers posing as “vulnerable shoppers” in order to catch thieves in the act.

Also, City Councilor Ken Sanchez asked Mayor Richard Berry in a Wednesday letter to allow APD officers to bring their police cruisers home — in addition to “running errands, going to the grocery store, Christmas gift shopping, etc.” — during the holiday season.

Sanchez said the increased presence of police vehicles would discourage would-be thieves.

A Mayor’s Office spokeswoman said the mayor hadn’t seen the letter late Wednesday evening.
— This article appeared on page C2 of the Albuquerque Journal