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Crime Prevention Tip of the Day and Property Crime in the Foothills on Wed. 11/18/15

1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 2500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual: 13100-block of Central NE.

2 Stolen  Vehicles at 1 Address: 1200-block of Sierra Larga NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 800-block of Landman NE, 5100-block of Glenwood Pointe Lane NE.

1 Auto Burglary: 1100-block of Hupmobile NE.

Crime Prevention Tip of the Day:  Being a good witness and safely reporting crime or suspicious activity is making a difference in our community.  Being a good neighbor means looking out for one another.  Part of that can be meeting your neighbors, knowing their names, what vehicles they drive or visit frequently, having emergency contact phone numbers for them, and of course, forming Neighborhood Watch groups that provide crime prevention training to blocks of neighbors at formation meetings.

Yesterday we had a residential burglary and a pair of men were seen in a small, red pick-up truck backing into a home’s driveway around 10:00 a.m.  The home was burglarized.  A neighbor provided good descriptions to police when officers talked to the surrounding neighbors after the burglary, when it was discovered at 3:00 p.m.  I want all of you to know what you see that is suspicious or out of the ordinary on your block is valuable information and a perfectly legitimate 242-COPS call to police!  This burglary may have been prevented with just one timely phone call to police, made from a safe place with a good description passed along to the dispatcher by a citizen observer.

One of our other burglaries yesterday (to a vehicle) involved a male and a female who were witnessed by the victim inside the victim’s vehicle.  A family member of the victim chased the offenders in one vehicle as the offenders fled in another vehicle.  This is extremely dangerous and puts a citizen in a very unpredictable situation.  This also puts the rest of the community who may be in the area in danger.  An object was pointed at the citizen by the offender and we don’t know what that object was, but choosing to chase criminals was a high-risk decision.  We at APD want you to be safe.  Be our extra eyes on the block, be our ‘observe and report’ helpers.  Our officers are trained and prepared to handle confrontations and pursuits of offenders.  This incident could have ended in tragedy, and all over an auto break-in.  Things can be replaced — human beings cannot. 

I can help you through my Workshop Wednesday series at the Foothills substation with crime prevention training, do a home security assessment by appointment, and through the Neighborhood Watch program.  If you want to start a Neighborhood Watch group, call Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit.  Why not make it a goal for your block to start a Neighborhood Watch in 2016?  Learn what to do to help your family, your block, and your police department through Neighborhood Watch.

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