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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Thursday, May 7, 2015

0 Robberies to Individuals, Car Jackings or Home Invasions.

1 Robbery to a Business on the 900-block of Juan Tabo.

1 Stolen Vehicle on the 4700-block of Morris.

0 Commercial Burglaries.

1 Residential Burglary on the 1100-block of Tomasita interrupted by resident, 3 white males fled on foot.

3 Auto Burglaries:  12800-block of Dorado SE, 13400-block of Panorama Loop, 1200-block of Juan Tabo. Two were forced entries and the other one isn’t clear about method of entry.  One vehicle owner left valuables in the vehicle to go into a store for 5 minutes.  These are crimes of opportunity and can occur anywhere, any time and only take a minute to commit.

Items that were stolen from unattended, parked vehicles yesterday:  stereo system, stereo face plate, cell phone, mulitple IDs, $800 cash.

We may see an increase in auto burglaries coming up.  Here’s why:  warmer weather and longer daylight hours.  During the summer, citizens tend to ‘ventilate’ vehicles by leaving windows unrolled or down a few inches.  More people are out using parks/sports fields/at public events and leave property inside vehicles or do not lock vehicles because they feel the property/vehicle is safe if the owner is in the vicinity.  These are ‘target-rich’ environments — lots of vehicles and property to steal in one location.  You can greatly reduce your odds of being an auto burglary victim if you take the extra steps of removing ALL items of value from your vehicle when you park and when you lock up your vehicle and keep window rolled up. 

I also ask the ladies to leave the purses at home and to be aware in parking lots when loading groceries into vehicles.  We had a two recent cases of a purses stolen from vehicles while victims were loading groceries.  Scan your surroundings, stop carrying a purse and ask the store staff for help to your vehicle.

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