Daily Crime Prevention Tips / Property Crime in the Foothills on Wed. 01/13/16

1 Vehicle Stolen with the keys inside, left unattended and warming up: 11600-block of Easy Goer SE.

1 Stolen Vehicle: 3800-block of Sierra Madre NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 10400-block and 900-block of Carol NE, 12000-block of Morrow NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 13200-block of Central NE, 3600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 9900-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day:  We had another vehicle stolen while left warming up while the owner walked back into the house.  Please think twice about this — change the mind set of ‘it won’t happen here/to me’ — it is a ripe opportunity for a criminal to steal your vehicle with very little effort and risk.  Please think twice about what is inside the vehicle at the time of theft:  vehicle registration, insurance, personal papers perhaps, the key ring with the keys to work/home/mailboxes/etc, your child?.  This attracts a criminal element to your block as an easy place to steal a vehicle and puts our citizens at risk of a violent encounter if they walk out of the  house as the offenders are stealing the vehicle.  These criminals usually travel in pairs with a buddy driving and the offender hops out and steals the easy target vehicle.  We’ve got to get a handle on this type of crime as a community — help me get the word out that this is no longer a wise habit in today’s world.

The auto burglaries yesterday were smash & grabs (breaking a window to enter the vehicle).  Remove all items of value and leave nothing visible inside a vehicle when you park and walk away.  What was stolen at the price of replacing a car window yesterday?  An empty paper bag, a gym bag and tools.

Stay safe everyone, practice crime prevention and spread the word!

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


  • Geneva Craven Schult

    so i am curious what happens to all these “stolen while warming up” vehicles. Are they newer vehicles? are they driven to Mexico? are they kept and used by criminals in NM? it seems like they all go into a black hole. Are they usually recovered after a joy ride? just wondering.

    • Good question, Geneva. A number of stolen vehicles do get recovered and our Crime Analysis Unit includes that data in our weekly internal briefings. The unit does a map with lines from the point where the vehicle was stolen to the point where the vehicle was recovered, and let me tell you — that map looks like a giant spider web! It is quite interesting if you are into that sort of data and helpful to us internally to see where vehicles are being stolen and where they are being dumped. The top 4 reasons to steal a vehicle are to use it to commit another crime, but using your wheels; to take a joy ride; to take it over the border and resell it or transport it over state lines to do so; to take the vehicle to a ‘chop shop’ and break it down into parts to sell. The vehicles being targeted are not all new, shiny, cool cars — believe it not, many are older models and those are probably the ‘chop shop’ targets for parts that may be hard to buy/find. Some can be recovered within hours, days, some are found burned to a crisp on the west mesa, some are towed from being in accidents before the victim even knew the vehicle was stolen and some we just don’t recover at all. Good question — thanks for contributing to the community conversation component.
      Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command

    • mollyculelove

      Geneva there is many answers to your questions on this link I attached. You can also google the most common stolen cars by year and region.


      • Good morning Molly — great tip. Thanks for helping out with that link. Here’s a little additional food for thought: most people wonder, ‘why did anyone want my ’90’s model Honda/Toyota/etc?’ Once the vehicle is a certain age, quite often the parts are worth more than the intact vehicle. Odds are an older model vehicle that is stolen could be headed to a ‘chop shop’ to be dismantled and sold for parts. There are also the vehicle thefts where a criminal wants a joy ride in your vehicle, to commit a crime using your vehicle (it’s not personal!), and reselling the intact vehicle.
        Thanks for jumping in on the community conversations – I enjoy hearing from our Foothills web site readers.

  • Linda Campbell

    This may have been covered, because I’m just chiming in, but how bout warming up vehicles with a remote where the car is locked and there’s no key in the ignition? It wont allow them to drive it without the key.

    • That’s a good question! Just keep in mind, we had one just last Friday (01/15) where the owner went inside for 10 minutes after leaving the truck running and assumed because the doors were locked that nothing would happen. The truck was stolen; the offender found a way in and took it. It’s a risk and people will need to gauge their level of comfort with that risk and all that comes with a stolen vehicle – insurance hassles, what was inside the vehicle at the time of theft and potential for further crimes based on what was inside the vehicle, attracting a criminal with the ‘steam’ from the exhaust that they look for, etc. Just be safe! Thanks Linda! Jill