Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Monday, July 6th

0 Robberies/Commercial, to Individuals or at Residences.

1 Robbery/Vehicle (Car jacking): 12100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

4 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block Eubank NE, 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 12000-block of Elvin Place NE, 9900-block of Spain Road NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries: 10900-block of Central NE, 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 11800-block of Claremont Ave NE, 1100-block of Georgene NE, 5300-block of Vista Del Cerro NE, 5800-block of Mahogany Place NE.

2 Auto Burglaries: 12900-block of Central NE, 12800-block of Granite NE.

Crime Prevention tips: I am seeing employee vehicles being stolen at big-box retail locations while the employees are inside working.  It’s a good idea to check on your vehicle throughout the day while on a break and to look into getting an anti-theft device; there are several types on the market at all price points.  VIN etching is a good anti-theft measure too.  APD’s Auto Theft Unit hosts VIN etchings throughout the year for citizens and I will post event information on this site for you.  The Citizens Contact Center (dial 311) can also provide dates and locations for upcoming VIN etchings.  Employee parking is traditionally out of sight and tucked away behind the facility so more visible and convenient parking spaces are available for customers.  Balance this lack of visibility and potential witnesses by using other crime prevention techniques.  I can teach this during a business security assessment or a group meeting at your business.

Our residential burglaries yesterday were mostly cases of forced entry via back windows and doors at homes, and one home was entered through an unlocked door at the back of the home.  Check your doors and windows and lock up.  Start up a Neighborhood Watch through APD Crime Prevention to learn what to watch for and how to report it safely; call 244-6644 to get a Neighborhood Watch Starter Kit.

Vehicle registration and insurance paperwork was stolen yesterday in one of our auto burglary cases.  Remove these items when you park.  Quite often, these are the only items stolen during an auto  burglary.  If you leave your vehicle unlocked, you may not even realize you have been a victim of burglary until you are pulled over wondering where the heck your registration and proof of insurance are when the officer is asking you to provide those papers.  Why are these documents stolen?  The information is used to commit further crime like identity theft.  You have to have your registration and proof of insurance when operating the vehicle, but they don’t need to sit inside the vehicle when it’s unattended.  I keep mine in a plastic envelope/holder and carry it with me when I exit the vehicle.  I bring that envelope inside the house with me and keep my car keys with it when I’m done driving that day/night.  Keeping the keys and personal paperwork together keeps me from driving away forgetting this important paperwork in the house.

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

  • Serenity_NM

    What a good idea to develop the habit of taking registration and proof of insurance into your home together with your car keys! We also take our garage door openers inside with us. I’m putting a little plastic box for each of us on the kitchen counter so everything is all in one place

    • It works for me! Lots of crime prevention is picking up the tools that fit for you and your life and changing old habits that used to work for new habits that better fit today’s world. It’s not a bad world, just different. With a little pre-planning or adjusting, we can be safer. Thanks for the feedback! Jill

    • Geneva Craven Schult

      i have attentional issues and would forget my registration on a daily basis. So i have hidden my registration in my vehicle (inside the wall panel) so it’s there but not obvious to thieves.