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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Wednesday, July 1st

1 Robbery to Vehicle (Car Jacking): Tomasita St NE & San Jacinto Ave NE.

1 Robbery to a Business: 3100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

0 Robberies to Individuals or Residences (home invasions).

5 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Antelope Circle SE, 13900-block of Grady Court NE, business at Eubank/Lomas, two vehicles at 11400-block of Love Ave NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 11900-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

8 Residential Burglaries: 11200-block of Coconino SE, 1400-block of Quimera Trail SE, 11600-block of Blue Ribbon SE, 14000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 11200-block of Brentwood Hills NE, 10900-block of Apache NE, 11600-block of Academy Rd NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 600-block of Monte Alto NE, 13800-block of Paseo Del Sol NE, two vehicles at 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention based upon these cases:  Never leave keys in an unattended vehicle keep track of vehicle keys and who has them.  If the relationship sours and that person has your vehicle keys, get your vehicle keys back.  Think long and hard about who has keys to your vehicles and homes and it is suitable for them to have access to your highest dollar investments — your vehicle and your home and contents.

Awareness is so important – scan the area when you drive up and if there is illegitimate activity or you don’t feel safe, leave.  Report it to APD via 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place AND let the management know that their parking lot makes you feel unsafe to patronize their business.

A word about ‘dummy cameras’ (fake surveillance cameras):  please do not use them.  Dummy cameras at a business lead persons into believing they are protected or in a safe area where they can’t be hurt.  They lend a false impression of safety and criminals can spot them easily.  Don’t open yourself up to a potential liability issue by installing dummy cameras or think they will protect your business in any way.  Crime Prevention Specialists in every APD area command will provide your business with a security assessment visit by appointment if you are interested.

I continue to see citizens are still leaving garage door openers in unlocked vehicles parked outside garages for hours at a time or overnight.  The garage door openers are being stolen and used to access garages and homes.  Stop doing this — it provides criminals a giant ‘key’ to your home via the biggest door to your home — the garage door.  Word spreads among the criminal community that your block is a great place to commit easy auto and residential burglaries.  Park in your garages.  Lock your vehicles and remove items of value, including personal papers and garage door openers if you must park outside a garage.

We are all responsible for our own property — as hard a police try, they are reactive to crimes in progress or ones that already occurred.  Prevention is all about controlling your own environments, responsibly securing your property and layering your property and homes with protective measures.  Call 242-COPS (2677) from a place where you are safe if you see suspicious persons who appear to be casing homes or vehicles — do not chase or confront, but alert police so officers can attempt to locate these persons.

I see we had two trucks yesterday who were targeted for tire thefts — all four tires removed and the trucks left up on cinder blocks.  I have seen this for several summers past; looks like we need to be extra vigilant for this type of activity again.  Be watchful and report to APD from a safe place — our officers need your eyes and ears on every block to help them.  These occur at night and usually to big SUVs and trucks.

Stay safe – get involved – see this web site’s Events Calendar to see how many community outreach efforts we are making in July and join in — we need your help.  We simply cannot do this alone and community participation goes a long way in education and prevention.  Attend the multitude of community meetings provided – quarterly East Gateway Coalition of Neighborhoods, District 8 Coalition of Neighborhoods, monthly Foothills Community Policing Councils, your neighborhood association/home owner association meetings, my monthly workshops, Neighborhood Watch meetings, annual National Night Out gatherings, book a “Walk the Block with Jill” crime prevention training — we are in the community and want to train you on what to watch for and how to report it.

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