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