By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Balloonists participating in Albuquerque’s hot air balloon festival are getting GPS trackers for their cars and trailers.

KOAT-TV reports that with half a million people expected to attend Balloon Fiesta, which starts this weekend, parking lots all over the city will be packed with cars and trailers.

To prevent auto thefts, the Office of Superintendent of Insurance is offering free GPS trackers this year to balloonists.

Special Agent Mark Torrez says GPS trackers will be placed in balloonists’ cars or trailers.

He says the trackers will allow agents to monitor the vehicles if they are stolen.

Participating balloonists can also hang a sign from their rear-view mirror warning thieves that the vehicle could be monitored by GPS.

The agents are also offering free VIN etching for balloonists.


Information from: KOAT-TV,

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