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Daily Crime Prevention Tips and Property Crime in the Foothills on Wed. 01/20/16

1 Vehicle stolen while warming up and left unattended: 11200-block of Campo Del Sol NE.

3 Vehicles stolen: 12600-block of Copperwood Dr NE, 10100-block of Baldwin NE, 2800-block of Marie Park Dr NE.

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

1 Residential Burglary: 12300-block of Haines NE.

2 Auto Burglaries: 11600-block of Mocho Ave NE, 13800-block of Jason Pl NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day:  We had three property crimes yesterday that were preventable:  the ‘warm-up’ auto theft, the residential burglary (left the garage door open) and one of the two auto burglaries (left the vehicle unlocked with property inside).  Just a few simple changes of habit can go a long way towards changing the odds of being a victim of a burglar/auto thief.  Locking up, bringing valuables inside from vehicles when you park and walk away make a big difference!

Here’s what criminals got away with yesterday: a half-completed Bill of Sale for a vehicle, banking documents, a bicycle and golf clubs along with other property from the open garage that was burglarized, a back pack, college text books, shoes, clothing, various chargers, a calculator, jewelry and sunglasses. 

I want to explain to readers that some items stolen yesterday can be used to commit further crimes, making one victim a victim over and over again.  Not only is there a dollar amount loss, inconvenience, the fear and feeling of being violated, but also the chances of building personal profiles or piecing together personal information to commit fraud, forgery and identity theft.  Identity theft is a nightmare for a victim to resolve — it can take about an average of two years to clear up for victims, the burden of this type of theft is on the victim to rectify and the legwork it requires on the part of the victim is pretty much the same as having a full-time job.  Think twice about what you leave behind in your vehicle and teach your driving age children and family so that they have new habits being implemented to prevent these types of ‘easy’ burglaries. 

Remember, auto burglaries are mostly crimes of opportunity.  When you remove or lessen the opportunity, the odds shift to your favor. 

Be safe, and start looking at old habits that can be changed — you’ll feel confident when you know you are controlling your environment to the best of your ability.

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