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Crime Prevention Tip of the Day / Property Crime in the Foothills on Thu 11/5/15

4 Stolen Vehicles: 1000-block of Jane St NE, 13300-block of Mountain Rd NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  One of four vehicles was left unattended with the keys inside — a 100% preventable crime.

1 Residential Burglary (attempted): 1200-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE.

1 Auto Burglary:  12600-block of Copperwood NE. Unforced entry (100% preventable crime).

Crime Prevention Tip of the Day:  What’s up with the auto thefts? I am seeing older vehicles being targeted.  Why?  The parts are valuable than the whole vehicle.  Four stolen vehicles in one day in the Foothills is higher than normal for us.

Attend the Saturday VIN Etching at AAA New Mexico at 10501 Montgomery and get your VIN etched on your vehicle glass parts by APD Auto Theft Unit detectives to prevent your vehicle from being stolen and dismantled at a ‘chop shop.’ The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., free, and just requires a few minutes of your time and your vehicle registration so the detectives can accurately etch the VIN number of the glass pieces.

One of the four auto thefts was 100% preventable:  the owner left the keys in the vehicle and went inside a store and came back to find the vehicle stolen.  This is a classic case of opportunity for an auto thief.  Don’t let this happen to you — control what you can, and that means properly securing your property.  Most time delays in these types of cases are just 2-5 minutes.  That is a big risk to take as a vehicle owner, and a tough conversation with your auto insurance carrier explaining you left the keys inside an unattended vehicle and walked away.  Having a vehicle stolen turns lives upside down with the loss, finding other transportation, and giving access to a thief to anything that was in your vehicle at the time of theft, which can include a pet or a child.  That’s a big risk for the 2 seconds it takes to take the keys out the ignition and lock the vehicle.  Not a gamble I am willing to take…

Stay safe, have a great weekend, stop by the VIN Etching to support APD’s efforts to keep you safer!

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