Crime report: NOPD tracks property crime trends for May
Third District police said property crimes numbered 30 for the week of May 28 during their weekly NOPD meeting on Tuesday, June 6.
Sergeant Jason Hickman said that the statistic is unfortunately relatively good when comparing statistics in the past couple of years. He said this week and the next two to three weeks are some of the Third District’s heaviest crime weeks. Property crimes for the week of June 4 were at 16 already when Hickman announced this during the Third District’s weekly Management Analysis for eXcellence (MAX).
At the NOPD Third District meeting held on May 23, Hickman updated officers and the public on concentrated crime areas for autoburglaries and auto thefts, as well as residential, simple, and business burglaries.
Hickman said that a specific autoburglary group hit twice this month at their usual location. They burglarized cars parked on Canal Boulevard near schools, while people would drop off children for school around 8 a.m. The group is known to smash the windows for belongings like purses left visible in the car.
“As far as the month of May goes for (auto) burglaries, right now we’re looking at a majority of them coming from two different spots,” Hickman said.
The week of May 7 and the week of May 14 saw several auto burglaries committed in zones Q,T and in Mid-City all down Canal Street, officials said. Autoburglaries that occurred during this May in the NOPD Third District zones of Q, T, X, and Y mostly happened overnight.
Zones Y and P have the largest number of both car thefts and burglaries, which are also happening overnight.
For auto thefts, Hickman believes that a “relatively new crew” has been responsible, as he said they have progressed from obtaining keys for cars left unlocked and gone to stripping the dashboard and figuring out how to start the car. He said the group could also be trying to enter cars through the trunk area.
The auto thefts are targeting the Mid-City area in zone E, zones P and Q, as well as all along areas right off Franklin Avenue in the Third District.
“That’s a heavy, heavy spot in P and Q,” Hickman said.
According to Hickman, aggravated burglaries, business burglaries, and residential burglaries have all decreased. Simple burglaries have happened more during the daytime with incidents of power tools being stolen.
“We haven’t had many residential burglaries at all, so really, as far as the day is concerned, it’s the simple burglaries, which are staying out of X,T,Y, Q,” Hickman said. “It’s more of a M,N, S, R.”
Zones M,N, S, R are where a majority of simple burglaries occurred in May.
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.