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Frequently Asked Questions…VIN etchings, mailboxes, moving to Foothills/Abq, fingerprints

Here are some resources for frequently asked questions —

VIN Etchings:  When is the next VIN etching? Please call the Citizens Contact Center (dial 311) to get this information.  If I get VIN etching information forwarded to me, I will post it on this web site in the Events Calendar and on for Foothills area distribution.  To request a VIN etching, please call the Citizens Contact Center and ask for your request to be sent to the APD Auto Theft Unit.

My mailbox has been vandalized — who should I contact?  My mail was stolen – what should I do?  File a police report for the vandalism incident by either going to the City of Albuquerque web site,, or call the APD Telephone Reporting Unit at 768-2030 or you can request an officer be dispatched through 242-COPS (2677).  If the incident already occurred, there are no witnesses and no one has been injured, I recommend the on-line or telephone report platforms rather than dispatching an officer.  Notify the US Postal Service as well.  Notifying both parties is also necessary if mail was stolen.  If you are witnessing mail theft or a crime in progress, call 911 or 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place.

I am moving to Albuquerque (or the Foothills Area Command); what is the crime like?  We prefer you make your own decision on where to live and will not steer anyone to or from a particular rental property, neighborhood or Area Command.  There are two public access sites for you to make your decision:  this web site by monitoring the Daily Watch Notes and the Crime Prevention or Crime Free Multi-Housing section.  See to see what types of crimes are occurring in a particular area.  If you are interested in renting, see the list of certified Crime Free Multi-Housing partner properties on this web site.  The properties on the list have been through an 8-hour workshop for management teams, passed a security inspection and have hosted a meeting for residents to learn about their role in crime prevention.  Crime Free Multi-Housing partner properties will have visible signage at entry points to the property and the management team’s certificates earned by attending the Phase I workshop should be displayed in the management office.  If a property does not have the Crime Free Multi-Housing signage it doesn’t mean it’s a ‘bad’ place or crime-ridden property, it just means the management/ownership has not been through or successfully passed/maintained their active status in the program if they were once part of the program.  We leave the final decision making to you, but access these two web sites to help you make your choice.

I also recommend multiple visits to the potential property at different times of the day and different days of the week.  Do you feel safe walking the area both day and night, are there issues that you didn’t notice on your first visit to the property?  Did you see an internet ad with gorgeous photos, but not see the property in person on multiple visits?  Would you feel safe dashing to the laundry room or your vehicle at night at the property?  Does it look well-maintained and cared-for?  These are all things to consider.

I am a manager/leasing agent/assistant manager/maintenance supervisor/owner of a rental.  When is the next Crime Free Multi-Housing Phase I workshop?  The next workshop (and last one for this year) will be on Thursday, October 8th at the Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Contact me at 332-5240 if you would like an invitation letter by the end of August if you would like to be on the list I am submitting to the class coordinator.  You should receive a letter and once you get that letter inviting you to the October class, you will have to RSVP per instructions quickly.  Classes fill quickly due to limited seating.  The Phase I workshop dates will also be posted on this web site in the Events Section.

Fingerprinting:  Fingerprinting can be done at local, commercial establishments or through some non-profits focused on child safety.  I do not have the equipment or supplies or time allotted to fingerprint at the substation for families or groups of children.  Child fingerprinting is also done from time to time at large community events; watch for safety days, etc. advertised locally.  You may also consider doing a Q-tip swab inside your child’s cheek and storing that swab with the child’s DNA in a zip-lock baggie in your freezer and label the baggie with the child’s information.

I hope I answered your questions today!

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