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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Tue 6/16 and Wed 6/17

0 Robberies (car jackings, commercial, to individuals, residential/home invasions)

0 Commercial Burglaries

5 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Figueroa, 12000-block of Elvin Pl NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 10200-block of Oso Grande Rd NE.

6 Residential Burglaries:  1100-block of Stutz Dr NE, 13300-block of Turquoise Ave NE, 3300-block of Morris NE, 5700-block of Manzanillo Loop NE, 11300-block of Key West Drive NE and 5100-block of Mesa Del Oso Ne.

11 Auto Burglaries: Two on 12400-block of Apache Pl NE, 12600-block of Copperwood NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10100-block of Arvada Ave NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 900-block of LaCharles Dr NE, 1900-block of Paisano St NE, 3800-block of Tewa Dr NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 11300-block of Kielich Ave NE.

Crime Prevention Tips to Use Based on These Cases:  I am seeing multiple auto burglaries and some auto thefts happening at the same general locations so far this week.  Most of these crimes are occurring on streets off main traffic corridors for easy access and get-aways, usually one block in from a major street (Juan Tabo, Academy, Spain, Tramway).  Also on streets with pretty predictible routes for easy escape (layouts are not confusing, it is easy to figure out how to get back to the main road if panicked or discovered). 

I recommend removing all items of value from vehicles and locking up if you can’t park in a secured garage.  Criminals are targeting areas with lots of vehicles parked outside all night.  Most will check door handles and move on IF the vehicle is locked and there is no visible property inside the vehicle.  These are happening mostly at night and being discovered in the morning by victims.  We had lots of property stolen out of vehicles parked outside overnight in the last 2 nights; articles that were being used in the medical field, tools (someone’s way to make a living gone in a flash), lots of papers with personal information that could be used to commit ID theft, on and on.  Take the extra step to stow your things safely, inside, with you and not leave them in an unattended vehicle.

Our residential burglaries over the last 2 days show entries made into homes via unlocked windows, back sliding glass doors and some via kicking in doors to the home.  I want to ask everyone in the Foothills to lock up your homes.  I know it’s summer and swamp cooler time, which means windows need to be open a few inches — look into devices that alarm your windows, additional locks that prevent sliding/lifting windows, driveway sensors, etc.  If you are in a multi-level home see if it makes sense to have a window on the second story cracked open that would be dangerous for a criminal to try to access.

Reminder:  we have swim passes at the substation for 17 and younger kids for one free admission to a city/county pool.  It’s hot — enjoy a swim at a safe place with a lifeguard and keep those kids out of ditches and arroyos.

My message was a bit lengthy today, but it is because I care about our Foothills community’s safety.  Stay safe!

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