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Daily Property Crime / Crime Prevention Tips: Monday 2/8/16

1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 11000-block Montgomery Blvd NE.

4 Stolen Vehicles: 500-block Elk Dr SE, 10100-block Blume NE, 5200-block of Zurich NE, 6600-block of Tennyson NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 10100-block Snow Heights.

3 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Figueroa SE, 500-block of Camino De La Sierra NE, 600-block of Grace St NE.

1 Auto Burglary: 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips of the Day: One of our three auto thefts yesterday was a vehicle that was taken with the keys.  Key custody and who you host in your home is important — are they trustworthy?  Should they have access to your vehicle keys?  Should they have access to what is probably the most expensive item or investment you own besides your home?

Of our 3 residential burglaries, 1 of 3 was via a doggie door that was not secured.  Don’t forget about these entries to your home — a thin person can get through a doggie door or a child can be sent through a doggie door to open up the house for an adult.  There are mechanisms on the market to secure doggie doors and collars with sensors that open the door if the dog is within a certain range.  If you no longer have a dog, consider sealing the door off.

As the weather warms up, I expect to see more trail head parking area auto burglaries as users of our open space areas increase.  Remember to lock up, remove the garage door opener/registration/insurance and to bring wallets with you on your hike.  Bring the minimum with you on your outing and travel light — the fewer items the better.  It’s good practice to keep those items with you instead of in an unattended vehicle out of eye sight.  Sadly, I also expect to see an increase of these types of auto burglaries at places of worship as we enter Lent and the Easter season

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