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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, August 31, 2015

0 Robberies, 0 Commercial Burglaries

1 Stolen Vehicle: 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 10600-block of Bellamah, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

2 Auto Burglaries: 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 5800-block of Papaya NE.

Your Crime Prevention Tips of the Day — Based on these cases:  Lock up. Both of our residential burglaries were to homes/apartment homes with the front doors left unlocked.  One of two auto burglaries yesterday was to a vehicle that was parked and left unlocked with property inside the vehicle.  We have to do better as a community with locking up our property.  Police cannot do this for you; they are mostly re-active, called after a crime has been committed.  Citizens need to be pro-active by properly securing their property to prevent crime.  Criminals look for easy targets and most will move on to a weaker target if they encounter a hardened target.  Imagine if your entire block or apartment complex were trained in basic crime prevention techniques and put those techniques into practice — we would have more focused, unified communities and neighbors alert and aware and ready to safely report suspicious activity to 242-COPS or 911.  A weak target is unsecured property.  A hardened target is property with layers of protection such as being locked up, vehicles locked and with no items left inside, parking in secure and well-lit, well-traveled areas with lots of potential witnesses.  Give it a shot – try a new habit and feel empowered by controlling your own environment and deterring a criminal.

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