APD warning thieves about bait cars

Posted at: 12/04/2012 9:14 PM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 10:18 PM
By: Joe Vigil, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You would think Albuquerque Police would want to keep their crime fighting tactics a secret, but apparently not when it comes to catching car thieves and people who break into cars.

New electronic signs up around the city warn criminals that a bait car may be in the area. Police said the signs are part of a new pilot project to deter thieves.

Police are playing mind games of sorts by making a thief question if the car they might try to steal or break into is owned by police. Police hope the signs make thieves think twice about targeting cars where the signs are located.

Tuesday night Aaron Butterworth showed KOB Eyewitness News 4 his new Mustang near one of the electronic signs at Eubank and I-40. "I think it's a good idea if they're going to deter people from stealing cars. I like my brand new car. I want to keep it for as long as possible. So if they're going to deter people from stealing cars more power to them," said Butterworth.

Some have asked if the signs simply push criminals to other parts of the city. Police said it's too early to tell if that's happening. The signs have been up just a few weeks. Police said the signs have proved successful in fighting crime in other cities.