1 Robbery/Residential: 12100-block of Gallant Fox Rd SE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 12000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 4800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 300-block of Dorado SE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10900-block of Love NE.
1 Auto Burglary: Intersection of Juan Tabo/Copper NE.
0 Robberies involving businesses, vehicles, individuals.
Crime Prevention Tips: Our residential robbery yesterday was a rare incident; these types of incidents do not happen very often, thankfully. I ask all of our citizens to practice crime prevention at your homes and think in advance about how you would get out of your home quickly and safely if an offender encountered you in your home. I call this ‘what if’ thinking — having a plan in mind for those ‘what if’ situations. Go over safety plans as a family. I know it’s difficult to think this way, but I would rather have a citizen or family prepared with a plan and using crime prevention tactics than not give this any thought. I posted the “To Do” List yesterday that was a hand-out in the last ‘Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills’ on the topic of ‘Crime Prevention for the Home’ — you may want to refer to it as a handy checklist on things you can do to layer your home with protective measures; see the Crime Prevention Tab for the posting.
Regarding our stolen vehicle yesterday: we cannot afford to leave keys and garage door openers in unattended vehicles. I know it’s a hard habit to break, but it’s a simple one to adapt. Please start thinking of your garage door opener as a key to the biggest door at your home. When keys and garage door openers are stolen it’s usually for the purpose of committing further crime: residential burglary.
Of our four residential burglaries yesterday, two victims named family members as offenders. The issue of keys comes up again; who has your keys? Are they still a trustworthy person? Should they even have access to your home and property? Other residential burglary entries were via a pried open door and by breaking a window to access the home.
Our auto burglary reported yesterday actually occurred on Tuesday and was a delayed report by the victim; cell phone, medications and jewelry were stolen from the vehicle. Keep track of your property and remove all items of value when you walk away from your vehicle. Try only carrying what you need for your errand — keep those items on your body, such as cell phone, drivers license, a credit/debit card or cash.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD Foothills Area Command