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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills from Fri 2/13 to Sun 2/15

Robbery:  Commercial, Residential or to an Individual:  0

Stolen Vehicles:  1 on the 12300-block of Candelaria; 0 vehicles stolen while warming up

Commercial Burglary:  0

Residential Burglary:  6; one on 800-block of Trading Post SE, one on 12900-block of La Cueva Lane, one on 12000-block of Prospect, one on 11500-block of Atlantic City, one on 3100-block of Camino de la Sierra, one on 11200-block of Country Club. 

Of these 6 cases, one burglary was to a shed at a home and one to a garage at a home.  Half of the cases reported had time delays of 3-4 days (that means the owner was probably out of town).  When going out of town, let a trusted neighbor know so someone is looking out for you and collecting mail, newspapers and any fliers or door-hangers left on doors/porches.  Forced entries continue at the back of the homes by offenders, and unforced entry through a closed, but not locked, window.  We still need to get the word out about how critical it is to lock up doors and windows.  With warmer weather approaching, this will be even more important!

Auto Burglary:  7; two on the 500-block of Eubank, one on the 900-block of Tramway, one on the 13400-block of Lomas, one on the 1800-block of Martha and two on the 9800-block of Montgomery.

What you need to know:  These are happening at large, target-rich environments such as big-box retail shopping areas, dining/drinking establishments, a church and apartment complex parking lots.  Door locks are being punched out, windows broken and victims are continuing to leave vehicles unlocked.  Try to only carry items you need for your immediate errand and carry them on your person (wristlet, pocket, fanny pack, etc).  Remove all items of value from your vehicle when you park it (we had IDs stolen this weekend and glove boxes rifled). 

What items were stolen from vehicles over Friday/Saturday/Sunday:  2 firearms (hopefully they won’t be used in violent crimes against our citizens or police officers), purses, medications, child’s jacket, laundry/clothing, gloves, briefcase, Federal ID for work, stereos, GPS system, eye glasses, computers, keys to an apartment complex’s mailbox.  We have got to change behavior, pick up some new habits and drop old ones that no longer serve us (leaving an assortment of valuables behind in vehicles and not locking vehicles).

Be safe, have a great week ahead —

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills Area Command