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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (8/21-22-23)

0 Robberies, 0 Commercial Burglaries

3 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 3800-block of Glen Canyon Rd NE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 1500-block of Arenas Pl SE, 14100-block of Encantado Rd NE, 12000-block of Zia Rd NE, 13100-block of Constitution Rd NE.

6 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of Jane St NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 300-block of Dorado SE, 500-block of Tramway Rd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Today’s Crime Prevention Tips: Stolen vehicles were pretty evenly spread throughout the Area Command:  one at an apartment complex, one at a single-family residence and one at a commercial/business location.  These are crimes of opportunity and you can reduce your odds of being a victim by locking up, deploying anti-theft devices if you have them, parking in a secured garage and in well-traveled spots with lots of potential witnesses.  If you can’t park in your garage, you’ll need to balance that vulnerability to auto theft by investing in good lighting, perhaps using an alarm system, checking out driveway sensors, parking in areas where you can see your vehicle and definitely in all cases:  remove all items of value when parking!

Our residential burglaries over the weekend involved entries made via breaking windows at backs of homes.  An exterior storage unit was burglarized at an apartment dwelling and 4 males and 1 female were spotted fleeing in a white SUV vehicle around 4:30 a.m.  Watch out for your neighbors – report anyone trying to get into back yards to 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place.

Auto burglars got away with: wallets, a vehicle title, vehicle insurance & registration documents, a work ID, the documents and the keys to an off-site storage unit, keys to a motorcycle, $15 in quarters, a military gas mask and vest and helmet and other military equipment and a birth certificate.  Please remove all items of value when you park.  There is not really a reason why the articles listed above should be left in an unattended vehicle.  Of our six auto burglaries this weekend, 2 vehicle door locks were punched, 1 vehicle had a window rolled down and a trunk that wouldn’t close and was not repaired, and 1 victim knew the offender (an ex-boyfriend).  Some of our auto burglaries this weekend also had signs of ignition damage, which indicates an attempt to steal the vehicle.  As a community, we have to be better at securing our own property to prevent needless crimes and victims.  All of our weekend auto burglaries were discovered and reported between 11:39 p.m. and 9:13 a.m., so that tells me that the burglaries were most likely overnight to vehicles that were probably parked outside overnight.

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