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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills, Wednesday July 15th

1 Robbery/Vehicle (Car Jacking):  Manzano Mesa Park near playground.

0 Robberies to Individuals, Businesses or Residential.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 13200-block of Central and 4500-block of Morris NE.

0 Commercial Burglaries.

1 Residential Burglary: 11600-block of Candelaria Rd NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 9800-block of Menaul, 5000-block of Miguel Court NE, 12000-block of Caribou NE.

Crime Prevention Tips: Our vehicle taken by force yesterday was around 8:30 p.m. — please use awareness at all times in public.  If you feel uncomfortable, leave.  Report anyone suspicious to 242-COPS (2677) and an officer will be dispatched.  Call from a place where you are safe, provide the best description you can and do not chase or confront.

Again, sadly, another vehicle stolen with keys inside left unattended and taken by a ‘friend’ of the victim.  Please use common sense when it comes to leaving a vehicle unattended with keys inside.  Our two cases yesterday were at a motel and at an apartment complex, both with easy access to get in and out quickly and onto main traffic corridors.

Our residential burglary was involving property taken from a garage by using force to make entry to the garage.  If you would like me to come out and provide a security assessment and leave you a checklist of recommendations, call me to set up an appointment at 332-5240; every Crime Prevention Specialist in the city provides these services.

Auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity; remove the opportunity and you’ll be controlling your environment.  The main idea is to make your vehicle a poor choice for a criminal’s target:  if you must park outside then get good lighting, lock up, remove all items of value from the vehicle, trim shrubs and trees to enhance sight lines so a criminal would be seen and reported by a neighbor if tampering with your vehicle, think about an alarm system if that’s of interest.  We really can control our own environments; it just requires a new mind-set and a change of habits.

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