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Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun); Daily Crime Prvtn Tips

1 Vehicle Stolen while left with keys inside, warming up:  4100-block of Blue Ridge Pl NE.

6 Vehicles Stolen (3 of 6 cases involved offender using keys to steal the vehicles): 10700-block of Cochiti SE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12100-block of La Charles NE, 4700-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

3 Commercial Burglaries: 11700-block of Central, 11800-block of Lomas, 2500-block of Juan Tabo.

8 Residential Burglaries (3 of 8 cases were unforced entries into the homes): 700-block of Eubank SE, 11100-block of Acoma Rd NE, 10700-block of Cochiti SE, 1200-block of Parsons St NE, 2800-block of Palo Verde NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE, 3500-block of Del Agua Ct NE, 5500-block of Camino Sandia NE.

10 Auto Burglaries (2 of 10 cases were to unlocked vehicles): 11700-block of Bucking Bronco Trl SE, 900-block of Ganado Ct SE, 900-block of Waterfall Dr (2 separate cases at the same location), 13500-block of McCall Ct NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 13100-block of Constitution NE, 12100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 5700-block of Vista Bonita NE, 11900-block of Rocksberg St NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day:  SNOW!  Along with the snow, we usually have the ‘warm-up’ vehicle thefts reported.  These are preventable crimes and area attracting a criminal element to your neighborhood and are so easy for offenders to commit.   I am hoping that when I check the property crimes tomorrow for what happened in the Foothills today, we will see that number drop to zero.  These crimes are preventable and I need help getting the word out — please help me by spreading the word about these types of crimes and how they are preventable with just a little patience and precaution. 

Half of our stolen vehicles (the ‘warm-up’ is not included) were committed using keys:  keys stolen, purses stolen with keys inside, keys left in the ignition in the parked and unattended vehicle, keys ‘locked’ inside the vehicle that was stolen.  Do not assume locking your vehicle with another set of keys inside is a crime prevention method for avoiding a stolen vehicleCriminals do not care about breaking windows or punching out door locks to get at those keys and take the vehicle.  Take that one extra step and secure your property.  I can almost promise you a feeling of peace of mind that you’ve done your best and controlled your environment if you take the extra step of removing all items of value from your vehicle when you park and walk away.

Almost half of our weekend residential burglaries were unforced entries:  that means doors were left unlocked, or garages were left open, or doggie doors were not secured, or keys or garage door openers were stolen earlier from vehicles and then used to enter the dwelling.  We could have had 3 families who didn’t have to go through the fear, anger, and hassle of a residential burglary.  If it’s ever happened to you, you already know the combination of emotions and difficultly explaining to children that they will be safe in their home after a violation like a residential burglary.  We had a few incidents of kicking in front doors and removing screens from windows at the back of the homes to get in via windows.  This is where neighbors can be a tremendous help by sharing contact phone numbers, knowing each other a little bit to be able to recognize when something just doesn’t look right or a strange person is seen trying to get over walls, around gates, etc. Neighborhood Watch is one thing to do that’s pro-active:  call Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit and I’ll be your contact person once that is completed.  These groups are helpful to the community and to local law enforcement and you’d be surprised at how effective you can be as a unified block of neighbors who look out for one another.

The auto burglaries this weekend show about 20% were to unlocked vehicles with valuables left behind by owners.  What was taken this weekend by auto burglars?  Two separate stereo systems, an attempt at stealing the vehicle as well and damage to the ignition, a knife, vehicle registration and insurance paperwork, 2 laptops, CD collection, tools, tape recorders, a back pack.  You can greatly reduce your odds of being a victim by removing all articles of value and leaving nothing visible in the vehicle when you park and walk away.  Just locking up reduces your odds as well

I hope I’ve been helpful and provided food for thought for ways to practice crime prevention.  Have a great week ahead —

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