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Daily Crime Prevention Tips and Property Crime in the Foothills on Wed. 12/30/15

1 Stolen Vehicle: 200-block of Figueroa.

2 Commercial Burglaries:  One on the 1600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE and one on the 9800-block of Montgomery.

3 Residential Burglaries: 800-block of Seattle Slew SE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5400-block of Camino Arbustos.

2 Auto Burglaries: 12300-block of Menaul, 2900-block of Vista Del Rey.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day:  First, I wish every subscriber and viewer of this web site a very safe and happy New Year’s.  It has been my pleasure to aim to provide you with simple and timely ways to control your environment and reduce your odds of being a victim of a criminal.

The stolen vehicle reported yesterday was a 100% preventable crime and the keys were left in the door knob at the residence and used to steal the vehicle.  I know this happens, but can you make it a New Year’s Resolution for you and your family to check and make sure you have done a sweep of doors, windows, cars, garages to be 100% positive they are locked up and secured?  What a great way to start out 2016 knowing you have done your best to control your environment.

Another 100% preventable crime is one of our residential burglaries — the burglar merely walked into the open garage and stole property.  Yes, you may not value the particular item too much, but there’s more to this picture.  What if you or your child were in a vehicle in the garage or in the garage and confronted with this situation?  What if the burglary accessed your home via a door from the garage into the home that most of us don’t lock?  What if the vehicle you keep in the open garage can be hot-wired and stolen in addition to your property inside the garage?  Start thinking like a criminal (yes, I know that’s a little creepy) to start seeing weak targets around the house that can be ‘hardened’ with locks, deadbolts, etc.  I can teach you how with a residential home security assessment if you call 332-5240 and book an appointment with me.

Regarding auto burglaries, thank you to the alert citizen who reported seeing a burglary in progress across the street and called from a safe place without confronting or attempting to chase off the offenders.  This was so helpful to our officers — thank you.  Calling 911 or 242-COPS (2677) from a place where you safe and providing a description of persons, vehicle, etc. to that APD Operator is valuable for our dispatched officers.  Again, I hate to harp on this, but we as a community have got to do better in 2016 about bringing in all items of value (including personal papers, guns, garage door openers, house keys, etc) inside when we park our vehicles and walk away.  Work articles and multiple tools left behind in parked vehicles were stolen in yesterday’s auto burglary cases and these losses can be prevented by bringing in property when parking and walking away.

How about a New Year’s Resolution of practicing crime prevention, teaching the family what you have learned and attending the “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” crime prevention workshop series next year?  Have a safe and happy New Year’s and thank you for the support you’ve given to the Crime Prevention programs at the Foothills Area Command.

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

 

  • Serenity_NM

    I am dismayed by the carelessness behind so many of these robberies and car thefts. Careless neighbors endanger the rest of the neighborhood. A successful theft will bring those same criminals back for another try at another home. The only thing visible in my car whenever I leave it is a box of Kleenex. Garage door opener and registration travel with me in my purse whenever I leave my car. Period.

    • Good for you, Serenity! I don’t think it’s so much carelessness, but a sense of ‘it won’t happen to me’ or ‘I’ll only be gone a minute” and not a sense of realizing the bigger picture. I can tell that you have crime prevention practices in place for yourself and you will be ahead of the game by your practice of these types of habits. Thanks for commenting and I hope your New Year’s is safe and happy.
      Jill