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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