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Daily Crime Prevention Tips / Property Crimes on Monday, February 1st

1 Robbery to an Individual: 11000-block of Baldwin NE.

1 Vehicle stolen while left warming up and unattended: 13400-block of Turquoise Ave NE.

3 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of Western Skies SE, 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 11600-block of Academy Rd NE.

5 Auto Burglaries: 100-block of Waterfall SE, 13500-block of McCall Ct NE, 12900-block of El Vado Ave NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 12200-block of Academy Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: Let’s talk about the stolen vehicles yesterday:  Of the 4 total stolen vehicles on Monday, 3 were stolen using keys.  The ‘warm-up’ auto theft took place within a two minute time span.  These types of auto thefts are so preventable!   I know as a caring and concerned community we can all spread the word to anyone we know who is leaving a vehicle unattended with keys inside that :

1) it CAN happen to you,

2) it DOES happen in ‘better’ neighborhoods,

3) it is a 100% preventable crime. 

Keep track of your vehicle keys as well: review who has a set and why.  Is that person still trustworthy?  If not, it is time to take those keys back!  These are the things we can do to control our environment.  Remember:  police respond — we try to prevent, but can’t be everywhere at once and have to rely on citizens to practice crime prevention.  Most of crime prevention is about  changing old habits to fit today’s world.  Commit to make those changes where needed in your life.

Of our 5 auto burglaries yesterday, at least 2 of the 5 were to unlocked vehicles.  What I am seeing is that the items being stolen can run the gamut from things that can be traded/resold/used by the offender or used to commit  further crimes:  fraud, forgery, identity theft, residential burglary and auto theft by merely using items/information stolen from a parked vehicle.   Review what you leave behind in your vehicle and act accordingly (see above regarding changing old habits).  I ask that you consider weapons that are left behind in vehicles:  last month we saw machetes, multiple knives, and several firearms left in parked and unattended vehicles.  We all know what can happen when those are in the wrong hands — think twice.  A glove compartment and a center console are not impossible to access.  I am also seeing more cases recently with trunks being checked by auto burglars too, whether by popping the latch once inside the vehicle or merely folding down the back seats.

What was stolen yesterday from parked vehicles?  Multiple vehicle registration and insurance papers, vehicle manuals, papers with personal information, a CD collection, empty shopping bags, a doggie seat cover, an emergency kit, blankets, and a 6-inch long large buck knife.

Thanks for reading the post today and taking charge of your life and considering old habits that no longer work for you and your family.  Be safe and have a great week —

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