Car burglaries increase overall crime in the Third District by two percent
The largest issue in the Third District continues to be automobile burglaries, but the problem’s persistence is specifically coming from citizens leaving their valuables in plain sight inside vehicles, according to Third District Commander Gary Marchese. Perpetrators then break into secured vehicles or simply open the doors of unlocked cars.
An estimate of 52 car burglaries have been reported in the Third District for the past four weeks, according to a crime map. The 1000 block of Harrison Avenue showed two records of vehicle break-ins in this time range, one on Oct. 1 around 2:40 p.m. and another on Oct. 17 around 7:20 p.m.
Although car burglaries caused the overall crime increase in the Third District, officers have the highest clearance rate in the city, according to Commander Marchese. He explained that this is due to the effort detectives and officers put into combating problems.
“We really drill down on the trends checking for patterns every couple of hours as calls come in,” Marchese said. “We then redirect the uniformed patrol to these areas and this has resulted in apprehensions on crimes in progress.”
Marchese said District Investigative Units (DIU) also execute well with the cases they receive after the fact.
“DIU does a phenomenal job in tracking down and identifying the suspects.”
Here are some tips from New Orleans police on how to avoid car break-ins and thefts:
1. Lock the doors.
2. Close windows and sunroofs.
3. Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, cell phones, wallets, purses or GPS devices in plain view.
4. Put away the garage door opener and any items with personal information.
5. Move valuables to the trunk before reaching your destination.
6. Don’t leave keys in the vehicle.
Citizens with information that can help solve a crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s).You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.