1 Vehicle Stolen while left unattended with keys inside and warming up: 12600-block of Cloudview.
7 Stolen Vehicles: 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 3000-block of Jane NE, 1400-block of June NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12100-block of La Charles NE, 5100-block of Mesa Del Oso NE.
1 Commercial Burlgary: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.
5 Residential Burglaries: 600-block of Martha NE, 10800-block of Towner NE, 2500-block of Georgene NE, 5400-block of Bartonwood Pl NE, 10800-block of Academy Rd NE.
7 Auto Burglaries: 600-block of Horseshoe Trail SE, 900-block of Oro Real NE, 1200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Piedra Lisa Canyon Trail parking area, 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 3900-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: Let’s start out with the ‘warm-up’ auto theft — these are 100 % preventable crimes. We just can’t expect to leave keys in the ignition and a vehicle running and walk back into our homes. These types of crimes are usually in the early morning hours; however, the one yesterday was close to 9:30 p.m. This is a dangerous proposition for victims, family members and neighbors. In this case, the theft occurred almost instantly. With cold weather and possibly snow being reported as coming in to our metro area, we may see more of these over the weekend and on Monday. This is a crime of opportunity and attracting a criminal element into our neighborhoods. It also poses the threat of violence if the victim walks into the crime in progress and a potential encounter with criminals determined to get that vehicle. Please help me spread the word about this preventable crime and the danger it poses and the drain on police resources these ‘warm-ups’ are creating.
The other stolen vehicles reported yesterday totaled 7; of those 7, 2 were stolen using keys to the vehicles. These were reported by victims between 7:54 a.m. up until 9:15 p.m. — a crime of opportunity indicator. We have to do better about keeping track of our car keys. I recommend keeping them on your person (pocket, fanny pack, lanyard, etc). I am seeing a little ‘blip’ (I wouldn’t call it a trend just yet) of purses being stolen and the keys to the vehicle are inside the purse and being used to steal the vehicle. If you carry a purse, ladies, I recommend trying a new habit: don’t! The less you carry, the smaller you make yourself as a target. If you carry a purse to the gym, etc. I recommend you will just have to lighten the load and only carry what you need for your specific set of errands. I’m not comfortable with my purse out of my grasp/eye sight personally when working out. It’s still officially the “New Year” and resolution time: ladies — how about trying out a new resolution about paring down what you carry with you to the bare essentials and keeping those items close to you (on your body, pockets, fanny pack, small pouch in your pocket, even checking out options at a travel store that sells body bags that are designed to prevent pick-pocketing when travelling). All I ask is that you try it out — your hands will be free, your back and neck may thank you, you will be reducing your odds of being a target for theft/burglary.
A call out to realtors: check on your vacant properties frequently. Homes that are vacant and left unchecked by responsible parties for weeks at a time are subject to break-ins and massive losses (appliances, wiring, and vandalism). Neighbors: please serve as extra eyes on the block if you have vacant homes in your area. All it takes if one call to 242-COPS from a safe place to report suspicious or seemingly criminal behavior can prevent a burglary on your block.
Auto burglary trends I am seeing: a small uptick in ‘smash & grabs’ at trail head parking areas and purses/wallets/IDs being stolen from parked cars. Unlocked vehicles are being targeted as well; take the extra step and lock up — most auto burglars will move on the easier target UNLESS you have left valuables/articles inside the vehicle that have attracted that burglar’s attention. What were items left behind in vehicles that were taken by burglars yesterday? GPS system, lunch boxes, a work ID badge and lanyard, 3 purses, 3 driver’s licenses, credit cards that were being used literally minutes later to purchase gift cards, stereo and speakers, a TV, vehicle insurance and registration papers, a night stick, a knife.
Stay safe, have a great weekend and think about 1 crime prevention tip you will put into place this weekend — I’d love to hear back on this web site what you decided to try out, research or use right away to reduce your odds of being a victim!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS – APD, Foothills Area Command