6 Stolen Vehicles (plus 1 stolen during a residential burglary): 11900-block of Pocono SE, 12100-block of Copper NE, 2900-block of Vista Del Rey NE, 12600-block of Sandia Ridge Pl NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE, 4500-block of Morris NE.
3 Commercial Burglaries: 10700-block of Central NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10700-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
5 Residential Burglaries: 600-block of Morris NE, 14300-block of Stalgren Ct NE, 2100-block of Dorothy NE, 1200-block of Mary Ellen NE, 5500-block of Vista Montoya NE.
9 Auto Burglaries: 11600-block of Singing Arrow SE, 1800-block of War Admiral SE, 400-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10600-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 2700-block of Camino De La Sierra NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, two on the 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
Crime Prevention Tips: We had another firearm stolen from an unlocked vehicle over the weekend. Please properly secure your firearms and bring them inside with you when you park. I have deep concerns about the safety of our community and our police officers with the number of guns and weapons being stolen from vehicles that are parked and left unattended.
These items were left in parked vehicles and stolen over the weekend: snowboard bag, 2 pair snowboard boots and goggles, the gun, vehicle registration and insurance papers, a Ralph Lauren bucket bag style purse, Jimmy Choo sunglasses, wallet, credit cards, cash and IDs. Several of these items could be used to commit further crime (fraud, forgery, identity theft) and the others exchanged for quick cash. For those who attend a gym or exercise class and ‘hide’ purses, etc in the vehicle — bring these in to the class with you where you can keep any eye on your items. Ask the facility to install secure lockers or bins for your items. If they have lockers for this purpose, invest in a lock for the locker (these are usually less than $10) to protect a purse and sunglasses worth hundreds of dollars. You will have more peace of mind and enjoy your exercise knowing your things are secured and safe. Personally, I carry as little as possible with me to the gym and use a small zip-up bag that I can loop on my stationary bike, spin cycle or treadmill so those items are never out of my sight or grasp.
Have you noticed the increase in stealing snowboarding equipment like I have over the last 7 days? These are tempting items for an auto burglar and have to be brought inside when you are done with your fun for the day. I anticipate as the snow melts and the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we will have an increase in ‘smash & grabs’ and auto burglaries at parks and Open Space trail heads. These are crimes of opportunity for criminals: you can greatly reduce the opportunity by locking up, trying to stay in sight-range of your vehicle and removing all articles of value when you park and head out to enjoy our beautiful trails and mountains. How about a back pack or fanny pack to stash the vehicle registration, insurance, keys, sunscreen and cell phone? You will still be ‘hands free’ on your hike and have what you need and not leave anything of value behind for a potential break in.
The residential burglaries over the weekend were mostly entries at the back of homes via removing window screens and breaking windows. One was an unforced entry (that means the door was left unlocked or the person had a key). Here’s where your police officers in the Foothills could use your help: if you see someone odd, unfamiliar to the block trying to unlock or scale or hop fencing, gates, side gates, etc. to a neighbor’s home make that call from a safe place to 242-COPS (2677). This is a legitimate ‘suspicious person/vehicle’ call. Try to provide the operator the best description you can and call from a safe place — no chasing, following, confronting — just make that call. You could be the difference for your neighbor between a prevented incident, an officer stopping the suspicious person and checking them for any outstanding warrants, etc. thanks to your call, or a residential burglary and realizing later that you could have helped the neighbor and APD with that phone call. One of our residential burglaries this weekend also involved a stolen vehicle. I recommend keeping keys inside the home in a safe place (not in the ignition in the car parked inside the garage, not on the kitchen counter, not on a hook next to the door, etc.).
Have a great start to what looks like a pleasant week ahead and take what you need from the tips above that will work for you and your family.
Special thanks to those who attended this weekend’s “Coffee with a Cop” at Faith Lutheran. I do not attend those, but I heard some great feedback and hope at least one or more will be in the Foothills Area Command again.
Stay safe! Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command