Robbery/Commercial: 1, 300-block of Eubank
Robbery/To an Individual: 0
Stolen Vehicles: 2, One on 200-block of Eubank, one on 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.
Vehicles Stolen while Warming Up: 0
Commercial Burglary: 0
Residential Burglary: 3, One on 11600-block of Mocho Place NE, one on 100-block of Hotel Circle and one on 3900-block of Tara.
Auto Burglary: 5, Three vehicles at the same address on the 11800-block of Native Dancer, one on 2000-block of Vernon, and one on 1800-block of Count Fleet Street.
Crime Prevention Tips from These Cases:
Stolen Vehicles: Silver lining in one case; the vehicle was recovered by Bernalillo County Sheriffs an hour and 20 minutes after it was stolen. Why steal a vehicle? A joy ride, a criminal needs wheels to commit another crime, take the vehicle over the border to sell, take it to a chop-shop and get money for parts. With two interstates running through the middle of our city and being a border state, New Mexico and Albuquerque are vulnerable to auto theft. I have some great information in the substation on preventing auto theft — call me to pick up a brochure.
Warm-Ups/Stolen Vehicles: None over the weekend; hopefully the word is out about this preventable crime.
Residential Burglaries: One case had a 7 month delay in reporting and could have occurred over the 7 months prior to discovering the crime. This was a burglary to a vacant home with very high dollar loss. If you own a vacant home, check on it or find a trusted person who can regularly check on the home for you. I can teach you crime prevention methods if you call me for an appointment. Neighbors — APD and your block need your extra eyes on vacant homes — report anyone trying to enter who appears to be suspicious to 242-COPS or 911 from a place where you are safe.
Auto Burglaries: One address had 3 vehicles burglarized over the weekend — all vehicles were left unlocked with valuables inside. Of the 5 auto burglaries over the weekend, 4 vehicles were left unlocked. Losses included CDs, speakers and a W-2 form. Lock up vehicles and remove all items of value, including papers with your personal information.
A word of caution — when loading groceries, returning carts to their ‘corrals’ at grocery stores and other retail centers — do not leave your purses on the front seat of the vehicle, doors ajar or unlocked! This is a set-up for an opportunistic criminal to victimize you. You may not even realize you’ve been burglarized until you are long gone and reaching for a purse that isn’t there on the front seat.
Ladies — I will be hosting a Women’s Safety workshop at the Foothills Substation soon — more to follow in future postings about how to sign up and details. We will go over purses and alternatives in the workshop!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills Area Command