1 Car Jacking: 11900-block of Indian School Rd NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 4800-block of Calle de Luna.
1 Residential Burglary: 11800-block of Ibex NE.
2 Auto Burglaries: 3200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 5800-block of Lost Dutchman.
Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: Although numbers-wise I am seeing a reduction, I need to stress situational awareness and securing property. Our car jacking involved someone in the morning being approached by a male in a parking area and demanding the vehicle with an implied weapon. If you do not have a garage, I want you to check and scan the area before walking anywhere. If it’s dark, scan the area with a flashlight. Are there motion sensor lights where you park and are they doing the job? Do they flood the parking area with light so any potential crime could be prevented by the risk of being seen? Are the bulbs in working order and the range of light adequate and the light covers clean from debris and dirt? These are all little things that add up to big preventative measures.
I am continuing to see doggie doors used as access points at homes. If you don’t have the dog anymore, seal off that doggie door. If you actually have that doggie door being used, look into ways to secure it and monitor it. There are some wonderful things on the market now to investigate that fit budgets and lifestyles — check out what’s available on line, at the big-box retail/hardware centers, pet stores — get references from other people with doggie doors if they have discovered something that works for them and their beloved pet. Do the legwork to find what works for you and know that you’ve done your homework in securing your environment to the best of your ability.
One of the two auto burglaries was to an unlocked vehicle. We need to get in the habit of locking up vehicles and removing all items of value — including personal papers, keys, garage door openers, etc. Leave nothing behind that could attract a criminal’s attention.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command