Crime report: 63 property crimes reported in a week, Third District police say
Car burglaries and auto thefts accounted for more than half of the total 63 property crimes in the district last week, Third District Police said during their weekly meeting on Tuesday, June 13.
More car burglaries than usual were committed in the Third District last week, for which police say a crew from the NOPD’s Fifth District is responsible.
The car burglaries in the Third District totaled 28 from June 4 to June 10, and 26 of those cars burglarized were left unlocked. The only two smashed windows were located in zone X, where Sergeant Jason Hickman said the district is “constantly having smashed windows nowadays.”
“The biggest issue though, with the car burglaries in Lakeview and most likely Zone R, because it looks like they’re moving from Zone R and Lakeview back and forth, we still believe it’s the Fifth District crew,” Hickman said.
Hickman emphasized how large the Fifth District crew is before moving on to auto thefts in the district. He said unfortunately, there is no real pattern for last week because there were ten auto thefts reported in 10 different zones, and five of those cars had keys left inside.
“A couple them have been recovered,” Hickman said. “I know they just recovered another one or two yesterday in the Fifth District in the Bywater area.”
Hickman explained that the mentioned Fifth District crew is likely stealing cars in the Third District and then using them in armed robberies and shootings, before ditching the vehicles immediately.
Zones F, J, and R were the primary targets of the auto burglaries reported in the The Third District last week.
In the first four days of the current week, the Third District only has had three car thefts and one car burglary reported so far.
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.