Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Tue 8/25 and Wed 8/26

0 Robberies Individuals, Residences (Home Invasions), Auto (Car Jackings)

1 Robbery at a Business:  10300-block of Menaul.

3 Stolen Vehicles: 3200-block of Britt NE, 6300-block of Tennyson NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 12200-block of Academy Rd NE.

6 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Western Skies SE, 12000-block of Zia Rd, 9900-block of Salem Rd NE, 3300-block of Britt NE, 3200-block of Reina NE, 2400-block of Georgene NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 12800-block of Skyline Rd NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, Two at the same location on the 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day:  How hard is your target?  Target-hardening is using crime prevention methods to deter, delay or deny a criminal access to your target.  What’s your target?  You and your property.

Based on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s cases listed above, where I see an opportunity to change a habit was in locking homes and/or vehicles.  If you have a broken vehicle window, repair it.  If you park outside all night, lock your vehicle.  Invest in an alarm if necessary and install good lighting over the vehicle.  Park it where you can see if from a window; perhaps a driveway sensor will work for your situation.  If you have a doggie door, secure it when it’s not in use or close it off if you no longer have a pooch.  Close the garage door – this is the biggest door to your home, and also has a direct door leading inside your home (from the garage) in most cases.  Does an ex have the keys to your castle?  Change the locks!  Keep track of who has keys to your home and determine if they are still trustworthy to have access to everything you own.  Are your doors properly fortified?  Are they solid core or metal?  Do you have an eye viewer, 180-degree range of view?  Do you have strong strike plates with four 3 1/2″ inch long screws that penetrate deep into the frame to the stud?  Does your lock throw extend at least one inch deep?  Do you have a deadbolt?  Do you use the deadbolt?  All of these little habit changes or improvements add up to a hardened target, plus there are many other tips you can put into play at your home.  I offer home security assessments by appointment; you can call me at 332-5240 to set up an appointment.

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

  • Geneva Craven Schult

    Ms Garcia, thank you for all the information. One question: please clarify “strike plate.” I am getting different visuals when I search images online. So I am not sure what you mean. I know I don’t have them w/3.5″ screws, whichever they are!

    • Hi Geneva, great question. Strike plates are the brass/metal plates that the throw from the door enters, they are screwed into the door frame. They can be wrap-around or just screwed in the door where the door lock meets the frame and they help strengthen the door when it’s closed. Depending upon your particular situation, you may not be able to use the long screws (depends upon the door frame). Hope this was helpful — if you are at a hardware store sometime soon, go and ask the sales person to show you strike plates and you’ll see what I mean.