APD sees uptick in firearm thefts during auto burglaries   

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — APD warns citizens about leaving unsecured firearms in vehicles after a concerning trend of firearms being stolen during the commission of auto burglaries.

APD released a video today, advising of a trend where unsecured firearms are being stolen from inside vehicles across the city when an auto burglary occurs. “Smash and grabs” are a common crime throughout the nation, and auto burglaries are often crimes of opportunity that occur at all times of day and night.

The following tips should be followed to ensure firearms do not get stolen from inside vehicles:  

  • Secure your vehicle overnight, roll up your windows, lock your doors
  • Do not leave valuable items visible inside your vehicle
  • If you own a firearm and must leave it inside the vehicle, a secure lockbox should be professionally installed and secured inside the vehicle to properly store a firearm.
  • Do not leave firearms inside the vehicle, under the seat, in the glovebox, or inside the center console.

APD would like to remind owners of firearms that a stolen firearm could end up in the wrong hands and could potentially be used to commit other violent crimes.