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Daily Crime Prevention Tips and Property Crime in the Foothills Fri. 12/31/15 to Sun 01/03/16

Armed Robbery to an Individual: 1 on 11800-block of Central NE.

Vehicles Stolen while left unattended and warming-up: 3 One on 11400-block of Linn Drive NE, one on 13900-block of Jason Place NE, one on 13700-block of Pruitt NE.

Stolen Vehicles:  2 (plus 2 ATVS stolen from a storage facility reported in the Commercial Burglaries) One on the 12700-block of Singing Arrow SE, one on 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

Commercial Burglaries: 4 Two at the same address on the 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, one on 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE and one on 1200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

Residential Burglaries: 4 One on the 400-block of Humbolt SE, one on 1600-block of Soplo, one on 12000-block of Stillwell Drive NE, one on 13000-block of Blue Corn Maiden NE.

Auto Burglaries: 11 One on 300-block of Pinon Creek Trail NE, one on 13100-block of Central NE, two at the same address on the 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, one on 3600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, one on 1200-block of Pitt Street NE, one on 9800-block of Menaul, one on 12900-block of Sunrise Trail NE, one on 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, one on10600-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, one on 10400-block of Casador Del Oso NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and is ready to take on 2016 with gusto and using crime prevention tips in daily life.  It has been my pleasure to try to be a part of the solution and work with our Foothills community members.  Thanks to everyone for bringing meaning to my job and for allowing me to bring a little peace of mind to those who worry and feel there is nothing they can do to prevent crime in their neighborhoods.  If you are a regular reader/subscriber, now you know there are lots of easy things you can do and adapt as part of your daily outlook and way of thinking to reduce your odds of being a victim.  Thank you for subscribing too — that tells me the word is spreading!

I want to address the high number (for the Foothills Area Command) of stolen vehicles, vehicles stolen while left warming up and unattended and the high number of auto burglaries.  First, though, the residential burglaries are violations of our personal space and scary for families to deal with, but the majority of the ones this weekend were to homes that were unoccupied during holiday season travel and therefore, I’d like to focus on the vehicle-related incidents since those ones actually had people on scene or nearby when they occurred.

The ‘warm-up’ auto thefts are 100% preventable.  We, as a community, have to get wiser about the impact of this type of crime.  These should be ZERO!  It is just no longer sensible to leave a vehicle running with keys inside and walk away.  The ‘warm-ups’ this holiday weekend in the Foothills Area Command all took place in a 2-15 minute time frame.  I shudder to think of the horror for a parent if a child is left behind in the warm and toasty vehicle left running and unattended with keys inside or a beloved family pet.  These types of crimes also attract a criminal element to your entire neighborhood as a spot for ‘easy pickin’s’ for stolen vehicles with very little effort on the criminal’s part.  Do you really want to be ‘that guy/gal’? Let’s work together on this one, folks — help me to help you by spreading the word and help our officers with a reduction of calls for service for this preventable crime.

The high number of auto burglaries were also out of the norm for the Foothills.  I’ve been seeing such a variety of items being stolen by ‘smash & grabs’ where windows are smashed to access property left inside the parked and unattended vehicle.  Here’s a list of what was stolen over the holiday weekend:

Purse, wallet, multiple IDs, multiple debit/credit cards, school ID, driver’s permit, multiple cell phones, varying amounts of cash, a backpack and contents, school supplies, luggage and the contents, prescription medications, an iPad, an old work jacket, a pair of binoculars, a set of professional locksmith tools and a Springfield XD 45 Caliber gun with rounds. 

My best advice is: 1) Park in your garage and clear out the clutter to safely stow your wheels inside. Did you buy a vehicle too big for your garage?  Can you park it behind a good solid locked gate on the side of your home perhaps? 2) Remove all articles of value and papers with your personal information and garage door openers/house keys.  3) Check and make sure nothing is visible. 4) Lock the car and think about a car alarm and anti-theft device. Even for those ‘quick stops’ that will only take a minute. 5) Park where the lighting is good and other people could see your vehicle and report a crime if it were to occur. 6) Be a responsible gun owner and stop leaving guns in glove boxes and center consoles and under the driver’s seat when you walk away from your vehicle and park overnight.  These are the first places offenders will look.  You are, in so many words, arming a property crime offender with your gun that was left behind. 

Start out 2016 by using simple tactics to bring you peace of mind that you have done your best to protect your property and control your environment.  We can pull together as a community to make a real impact and drive down preventable crime.

Stay safe and hope your week of off to a great start —

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