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Property Crime in the Foothills 12/23 to 12/27 and Tips to Keep You Safer

Wednesday, 12/23/15:  1 Residential Burglary on the 14200-block of Copper.  4 Auto Burglaries on the 200-block of Eubank, 13400-block of Pierce Arrow NE, 10400-block of Montgomery, 6300-block of Eubank.  Crime Prevention Tips: Points of entry were prying open a sliding glass patio door on the residential burglary and the auto burglaries were punched door lock or breaking glass.  Sliding glass doors are vulnerable to burglars and there are inexpensive ways to fortify them with Charley Bars, pin locks, thumbscrews drilled into the tracks, properly working locks, and security film. What items were left in parked, unattended vehicles on Wednesday?  A gun, a vehicle registration and insurance papers and a garage door opener (the key to the biggest door at your house) and another vehicle listed a dash cam and other miscellaneous items stolen.  One of the four auto burglaries was also an attempted auto theft (tried to steal the vehicle and damaged the ignition).  Please remove ALL items of value, which includes guns and personal papers and garage door openers when you park and walk away.  Property offenders who have no remorse for breaking into vehicles and stealing are now being armed by our citizens at an alarming rate via stealing guns left behind in vehicles.  I am seeing a disturbing spike in the number of firearms being stolen from parked vehicles.

Thursday, 12/24/15: 2 Stolen Vehicles; one on the 10500-block of Copper Point Way and one during a residential burglary on the 1300-block of Ernesto Court NE.  4 Residential Burglaries: 11400-block of Vistazo Place SE, 10000-block of Menaul  Blvd NE, 1300-block of Ernesto Court NE, 11600-block of Academy.  2 Auto Burglaries at 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE and 4300-block of Landau.  One reported on 3000-block of Juan Tabo, but victim left scene and report wasn’t able to be filed.  Crime Prevention Tips:  As a community, we MUST take personal responsibility for properly securing our property.  To leave a front door unlocked overnight is just too dangerous for you and your family.  Take the extra steps to lock up.  One of our residential burglars was able to walk right into the home through an unlocked front door and burglarize the home while the residents were home asleep.  A property crime could have turned into a violent crime — please help me spread the word to lock up and secure your property.  Another gun was stolen in a residential burglary — we have to be responsible gun owners!  Secure weapons properly to be safer.  Our auto burglaries were all ‘smash and grabs’ to get to purses and wallets left behind in vehicles.  If a purse is too awkward to carry around, get a small wristlet or pouch to carry ID, cash, credit cards on your person (body) and leave the purse at home.

Friday, 12/25/15: 1 Commercial Burglary on the 12900-block of Central NE, 1 Residential Burglary on the 1200-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE, 2 Auto Burglaries on the 11200-block of Lomas and the Elena Gallegos Open Space parking lot.   Crime Prevention Tips:  If you own a business, secure that drive-through window!  These have been access points for burglaries over this past month in the Foothills Area Command.  I will be happy to do a business security assessment by appointment if you call me at 332-5240.  Again, with leaving articles of value inside vehicles and parking and walking away:  DON’T!  Especially for our parks and trails users, it is pretty apparent you will be gone from the area and out of eyesight or unable to get to your vehicle when hiking and away from the vicinity.  What was stolen from parked vehicles on Christmas Day?  A black Stetson cowboy hat left on the front seat and a work bag.

Saturday, 12/26/15:  1 Robbery to a Home on the 4500-block of Morris NE, 1 Stolen Vehicle on the 600-block of Paisano, 4 Auto Burglaries on 1800-block of Stagecoach SE, 1500-block of Soplo SE, 2100-block of Britt NE, 4700-block of Tramway.  Crime Prevention Tips:  The home-invasion was unusual — I don’t see these very often.  If a group of strangers are banging on your door in the wee hours of the morning, don’t open it!  Simply call 911 (and the apartment security patrol if that is your location) and let these professionals handle the incident.  Our auto burglaries Saturday had dire consequences:  I cannot stress enough to our community to 1) do not confront offenders and 2) call 911 from a safe place and give the best description to the 911 Operator and let our officers do the rest.  What occurred this weekend was a tragedy and I am heartbroken and have cried many tears over the awful, horrific outcome.  What was stolen from parked, unattended vehicles on Saturday:  $4.00 in change from the center console in a ‘smash and grab’ which is breaking a window to access the vehicle interior and six firearms stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway overnight.  A shotgun, a rifle, an AK-47, a 40 caliber handgun, a 9MM handgun and a 380 handgun are all now in criminals’ hands because responsible gun ownership was not practiced by properly securing firearms and removing all items of value when parking and then walking away.  I am sickened at the thought of a citizen inadvertently arming a criminal.  This is a disturbing trend I am seeing in our community — take the time to learn about securing firearms and do it!  The victim at the other end of these guns that are being stolen could be you, your family, a child, a police officer.  Please avert a tragedy and take responsibility for your firearms.

Sunday, 12/27/15: 1 Residential Burglary on the 6600-block of Tennyson NE. 1 Auto Burglary on the 11300-block of Academy Ridge NE and 6 others reported throughout the Area Command, but opted for telephone or on-line reports due to heavy snowfall delaying officers’ arrival times.  Crime Prevention Tips:  Your garage is part of your home; lock it up and check not only the big door you drive through, but also the door from the garage to the house. 

Have a safe week ahead and I hope I have given you enough crime prevention information to start taking action steps to secure your homes, vehicles and other property.  You can greatly reduce your odds of being a victim of a criminal with simple steps and securing your property.

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