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Daily Crime Prevention Tips / Property Crime on Thursday, 02/04/16

1 Stolen Vehicle: 200-block of Western Skies SE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 11400-block of Claremont Ave NE, 2500-block of Georgene NE, 12200-block of Academy Rd NE.

1 Auto Burglary: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: We are expecting a slight warming in temperatures and this is the time to practice crime prevention measures if you are planning to use trails, open space areas.  Most of our auto burglaries in these locations are ‘smash and grabs’ which is breaking the vehicle window to access the interior to steal purses, wallets, back packs and other items left inside vehicles while owners are out bicycling, hiking, running or walking dogs. It’s an easy set up for an auto break-in, as there are few eyes on the parking lot, the owner is out of sight and far away and it only takes a minute to access the items left in the vehicle.  I have seen a trend now of popping open the trunk latches, or folding down back seats to see what’s in the trunk, and prying open locked glove compartments and center consoles.  Try to bring the vehicle registration and insurance papers with you and any wallets.  Do not leave a purse ‘hidden’ inside the vehicle. 

Pare down what essentials you need for your outdoor activity and carry those items with you on your hike, etc.  A fanny / belt bag or a back pack can carry your essentials or wear a vest with lots of zippered pockets if that works for you.  It’s important to lock up the vehicle.  I hear from citizens often about not locking their vehicles with the mindset that the vehicle will be broken into sometime, so why not avoid paying for a broken window?  Why not just ‘harden your target’ by making it more difficult, time consuming and risky for a criminal to commit the burglary and force that criminal on to a weaker target? 

Have a great weekend and start thinking about paring down what you carry around to just the essentials — you’ll lighten your load and be able to have those items with you instead of back at the parking lot.

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