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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, August 10, 2015

0 Robberies to Individuals, Vehicles or Residences

1 Robbery to a Business:  10400-block of Central NE.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 1500-block of Gretta Street NE and 10600-block of Irene Avenue NE.

1 Commercial Burglary:  2900-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Hendren Lane NE, 10800-block of Barbara Ellen Avenue NE.

2 Auto Burglaries: 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10200-block of Cielito Lindo NE.

Crime Prevention:  I want to focus on key custody again.  Who has your keys to your vehicles(s) and home?  Are they trustworthy?  Should they have a key?  Where do you keep your vehicle or home keys?  Are they secured, safe from theft?  Leaving keys to vehicles in other unattended vehicles is a problem.  Vehicles are being broken into and sets of keys stolen and then used by a criminal to commit further crime, such as auto theft and residential burglary.  Can you change this old habit of leaving keys inside vehicles?  How about carrying a break-away key chain?  These types of key chains allow you to carry multiple keys, and you can detach keys as needed (visits to the mechanic, valet parking, etc.).  How about attaching a key chain to your belt loop or wearing a fanny pack so your keys and IDs/cash/credit cards on always on you instead of being left behind in an unattended vehicle?  Is it necessary for you to have keys to other vehicles inside another vehicle that you are driving?  A lot of crime prevention is about changing old habits that no longer work today and adapting; about selecting from an array of tools to pick and chose the tool(s) that work for you and your situation and in your life.  Personal responsibility plays a big role in crime prevention too; keeping track of your property and who has access to your property.  Remember — your goal is to control your own environment.  Think of the 3 D’s:  deter – delay – deny entry or access to your property.  Harden your target with protective measures and you will have a sense of control over your environment.

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