Crime Prevention Tips — I am continuing to see a large amount of firearms being stolen from parked vehicles. Please help me to spread the word to others who are not familiar with this web site to properly secure firearms. It has been sobering to track the number of firearms stolen from parked vehicles over the past few months — firearms that are now in the hands of criminals. Securing property and controlling your own environment to the best of your ability will reduce the odds that this type of crime will happen to you. For a safer community, we all have to play our own roles and leaving a loaded gun inside a parked vehicle and walking away is just not a habit that works any longer. Your role is to secure your property safely; police are in the responder role. My role is to try to teach you ways to prevent crime — please spread the word about this web site and crime prevention services to help me help our community.
With unseasonably warm February temperatures, the vehicles at parks and trails will continue to be targets for auto burglary. Remember to lock up and take your various items with you — vehicle registration, insurance, cash, driver’s licenses, credit cards, wallets and purses. We cannot afford to leave back packs inside vehicles either. I am seeing a trend of auto burglars folding down rear seats or popping trunk latches to see if goodies are also in the trunk that they can steal in addition to visible items, items in glove boxes and items in center consoles. Carry the minimum you need for your outing and leave nothing of value inside the vehicle.
Here’s what was stolen from parked vehicles yesterday in the Foothills: Wallet, driver’s license, debit card (being used moments later at a nearby convenience store), credit card, military IDs, cologne, clothing, eyeglasses, stereo, ladders, work tools, $40 cash, business check stubs and receipts.
The warmer weather could also attract residential burglars banking on citizens leaving garage doors open or partially opened to ‘vent’ the garage or forgetting to lock windows. These are points of entry for burglars who count on residents forgetting to lock that window, check their window screens, who forget to close their garage doors, etc. Take that one extra step to control your environment and you will reducing your odds of being a victim of a burglary.
4 Stolen vehicles: 2 stolen during a residential burglary on 1100-block of Warm Springs Trail SE, 1 stolen while left unattended and warming up on 200-block of Western Skies SE (a 100% preventable crime), 1 stolen on 10100-block of San Jacinto NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 12500-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 1100-block of Warm Springs Trail SE, 700-block of Nakomis NE.
3 Auto Burglaries: Copper Trail Head parking area, 1200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE.
Stay safe everyone, and please spread the word about the web site to those who need to be aware and tuned in to crime prevention — I appreciate you reading the web site and taking the time to subscribe.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command