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Daily Watch Notes: Property Crime in the Foothills over Fri/Sat/Sun 09/18-19-20/15

1 Robbery/Auto: 11500-block of San Jacinto NE on Sunday.

1 Robbery/Individual: Chico/Eubank on Saturday.

8 Stolen Vehicles: 11000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 10700-block of Towne Park Dr. SE, 300-block of Dorado SE, 13000-block of Central NE, 11000-block of San Jacinto NE, 9800-block of Salem Rd NE, 12400-block of Towner Ave NE, 1700-block of Paisano NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 12800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 10900-block of Towner NE, 10100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.  Both at apartments.

5 Auto Burglaries: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, two at same location on 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips: We had a busy weekend regarding property crime in the Foothills Area Command.  Here is what I can recommend to you to be safer:  Regarding on-line transactions, conduct the exchange of goods and money at a well-traveled area with lots of potential witnesses and if at night, in a well-lit area.  Do not carry wads of cash with you — there are other ways to complete a transaction besides with cash.  Bring a buddy.  We are seeing lots of stolen vehicles recently and over the weekend, two of our eight stolen vehicles were stolen by family members with keys.  Who has access to your vehicle keys?  Are they still trustworthy to have access to the keys to probably one of the most high-dollar items you own?  Both of our residential burglaries were to apartment homes; one forced entry by damaging the front door and the other an unforced entry by simply walking in the front door and stealing property inside the apartment while the resident was in the bath room.  When you are home, lock up.  If you door frame is damaged, strike plates are ‘wiggly’ or the door is not locking properly, talk to the management and get these items repaired.  Most reputable rental managers want their residents to be safe and live in safe structures to keep them as residents!  Our auto burglaries over the weekend were to both locked and unlocked vehicles – about 50/50.  A pair was spotted by an alert citizen over the weekend in the middle of the afternoon in one neighborhood trying door handles to find unlocked vehicles.  The person safely called in this suspicious activity to 242-COPS and they were successful in stealing from an unlocked vehicle.  They were reported as a person in a red pickup truck closely following a female trying door handles; she has red hair and was reported to be 5’7″ tall and about 130 pounds wearing black gloves, an orange shirt and blue jeans.  This is just the kind of call our officers appreciate — made from a safe place, not chasing or confronting suspicious persons, providing a good description of the person and the vehicle and what they were doing.  Thank you to whoever made that call.

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