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Daily Crime Prevention Tips / Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, 01/11/16

1 Stolen Vehicle: 200-block of Western Skies SE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 2500-block of Gretta NE, 5400-block of Camero NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 12000-block of Zia Rd, 12700-block of Chandelle NE, 11200-block of Camero NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: Three of the eight incidents on Monday were preventable crimes.  Please help your family, community and law enforcement by:  not providing keys to a vehicle to someone who has stolen the same vehicle from you three weeks ago.  Expecting a change in criminal behavior in three weeks is asking a lot of someone.  We don’t think about key custody enough, and it’s a good time since it’s a new year to review who has keys to your home/vehicle/etc and are they still trustworthy to have those keys? 

One of the residential burglaries could have been prevented by securing the doggie door.  Doggie doors are seen by the criminal world as just another way into your home — when you are not home, secure it.  Yes, I know you want your pooch to be able to go outside for a break, but these are only viewed as another way into your home by burglars.  There are monitored dog collars that send a signal to the doggie door release to let the dog out to take a break and then allow the dog back inside the home that are on the market.  There are many fantastic advances in the crime prevention and home protection profession — check out your options and consider what may work best for you and your family.  If you have a doggie door and no dog, secure / seal it off to reduce access to your home.

One of our three auto burglaries yesterday was preventable by keeping the home’s garage door closed.  The garage was left open and the criminal entered and burglarized a vehicle left inside.  Please remember to remind a neighbor that their garage door is open — they may not be aware of criminal element this attracts, the potential for an auto theft / auto burglary / residential burglary.  There are garage door monitoring apps on the market now that allow users to open/close the garage door and see times when it opens and closes and remotely open the garage door from any location.  These types of apps are also helpful for those moments when you have driven down the block and that thought pops in your head, “did I actually see the door close?” or “did I close the garage door before I took off?” type of doubts.  Again – our profession of crime prevention and the home security profession has come a long way – check out what’s on the market and you may be surprised at how easy to use and affordable these new tech inventions are for families.

Stay safe,

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