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Property Crimes in the Foothills: 01/15/16 to 01/19/16 and Crime Prevention Tips

Friday – Saturday – Sunday, January 15-16-17:

2 Vehicles Stolen while left unattended and warming up: 800-block of Buck Trail Se, 4900-block of Arroyo Chamisa NE.

6 Vehicles Stolen: 10700-block of Towne Park NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 11500-block of San Jacinto NE, 100-block of Casa Hermosa (2 vehicles at 2 different addresses within the same 100-block), 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 500-block of Paisano SE.

7 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Adirondack SE, 200-block of Figueroa Se, 14400-block of Oakwood Pl NE, 11500-block of Lawson Ct NE, 1700-block of Monte Largo NE, 10400-block of Gutierrez NE, 6200-block of Antigua NE.

5 Auto Burglaries: 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 100-block of Casa Hermosa HE, 6100-block of Innsbruck Ct NE, 11100-block of Newcomb Ave NE.

Monday, January 18:

1 Robbery to a Business: 13400-block of Lomas NE.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 300-block of Pequin Trail SE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 1600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 600-block of Sandler NE, 14200-block of Copper NE, 13600-block of Verbena NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 9800-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 11500-block of Phoenix NE.

Tuesday, January 19:

4 Stolen Vehicles: 500-block of Sawtooth SE, 1000-block of Matador SE, 3400-block of Reina Ne, 10300-block of Theresa Pl NE.

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

4 Residential Burglaries: 300-block of Western Skies SE, 11100-block of Claremont, 10100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10300-block of Woodland Ave NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 2800-block of Lexington Ct NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips based on these cases:  Whew, things have not had the traditional drop from the holidays and the holiday season crime.  We are seeing a little bit of a roller coaster here, ups and downs.  Here’s where you can change some old habits that don’t work anymore to greatly reduce your odds of being a property crime victim:

1) The warm-up auto thefts are 100% preventable.  These incidents are attracting a criminal element to your block.  Please inform neighbors to subscribe to this web site so they are up to date on these incidents and how to prevent them.  The early morning tell-tale streams of exhaust are great indicators to criminals that a vehicle is warming up, and likely, unoccupied.  Think about how difficult this may be to work out with your insurance carrier explaining that the vehicle was stolen with the keys inside and engine running and no one in the vehicle.  I’d like you to also think about the odds of being a victim not only of the auto theft, but of other compounding crimes stemming from a ‘warm up’ auto theft:  identity theft, fraud, forgery, residential burglary, work place access if keys/card keys/etc were in the vehicle at the time of theft, your IDs/bank cards/cash and personal information about you, the key ring with house keys and keys to work and other vehicles, etc.  Please remember about pets and children left in warming up vehicles when you dash back inside or on a quick errand and the danger that poses to them if they are taken with the vehicle.  This is easily preventable and I just ask that you think twice.  One of the incidents listed above noted the owner assumed it was okay to leave the vehicle running and go back inside because the doors were locked — wrong — if someone wants your vehicle, they will not be afraid to punch a lock or break or remove the window.  If you have an anti-theft device, use it; if you have a tracker, activate it.  These are tools in your tool box to pick up and deploy.

2) We had some great neighbors calling in residential burglaries over the long weekend.  Thank you!  They called APD on behalf of neighbors they knew were out of town or on an errand and reported seeing offenders or kicked open doors.  This is so helpful to the neighbor and to our officers.  I ask that you don’t chase or confront, but call 242-COPS or 911 from a safe place and give the best description that you can.  One of the residential burglaries was an entry through the open garage door — we’ve got to spread the word about a new way of thinking:  the garage door is the biggest door to your home.  Be a good neighbor and remind someone if they have left the garage door open.

3) The auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity.  They can happen anywhere, anytime.  To greatly reduce your odds of being burglarized, lock up and remove all items of value from the vehicle.  I list the items stolen from vehicles to help you, the reader, see the variety of items that attract criminals – some very valuable, some not at all — use this list to build awareness and change habits.  Here’s what was stolen from parked vehicles during this time period in no particular order:

Stereo system, personal papers, keys, money, sunglasses, vehicle registration and insurance papers, a bandana, a Glock 42 handgun, 3 snowboards, 2 longboards, multiple knives and machetes, a Marlin rifle, bank cards, and several vehicles were rummaged and trunks checked by criminals.

4) If you have weapons in your vehicle, bring them inside with you when you park!  These are now in a criminal’s hands and can be used to harm our community and our police officers too.  Think twice.

Remember that your job is to control your environment to the best of your ability — your goal is to DETER – DELAY – DENY a criminal from getting to your property.  I can teach you how.  Come to the monthly one-hour “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” crime prevention workshop series.  Start a Neighborhood Watch group.  Re-ignite one that fizzled out.  If you live in a rental or manage one, get on board with the Crime Free Multi-Housing program through APD.  Attend your neighborhood association/home owner association meetings, your City Council District Coalition of Neighborhood meetings, the monthly Community Policing Council meetings, twice a year Albq. Block Captain Association conferences to get good information to bring back to your family, your block, and who you interact with so they can learn too.  Read the daily blog and spread the word to others.  We can make a dent in this if we make the choice to learn, to pick up tools that work for our lives/budgets/families and to drop habits that don’t serve us any longer.

I appreciate your support and our officers do too — we are doing our very best in challenging times and want you to be safe.

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