Three firearms stolen from unlocked vehicles in the past week, Third District police say
Around 15 automobile burglaries and 12 motor vehicle thefts occurred in the Third District from April 23 to May 2, according to New Orleans Police records [see crime map].
Third District officials said at their weekly Management Analysis for eXcellence (MAX) meeting on May 2, that five out of six car break-ins reported the last week had car doors left unlocked. Officials said three firearms were stolen from out of those five vehicles.
During the MAX meeting, Sergeant Jason Hickman said that most of the automobile burglaries and auto thefts for the district last week happened between the hours of 12 a.m. and 3 p.m. According to a crime map, about 12 vehicle burglaries and 10 motor vehicle thefts occurred during this time last week.
Third District zones P, M, T, and R were hit the heaviest by the vehicle burglaries. See the map below for Third District zoning.
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.