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Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (2/19-20-21/16) & Crime Prevention Tips

1 Armed Robbery (Commercial):  11000-block Menaul Blvd NE.

7 Stolen Vehicles: 1800-block of Kelso Court SE, 500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 400-block of Dorado SE, 12500-block of Central NE, 13200-block of Fruit NE, 800-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 4200-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 2500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 12100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

17 Auto Burglaries: 1600-block of Sobra Court NE, two at same address on the 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 13600-block of Covered Wagon SE, 13700-block of Encantado Rd NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 14000-block of Indian School Rd NE, two on the 14000-block of Villa Sandia Pl NE, 1500-block of Summit Hills Dr NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4500-block of Shiloh Pl NE, 11700-block of LaVista Grande NE, 5400-block of Vista Sandia NE, 12200-block of Vienna Dr NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

Crime Prevention Tips:  As you can see, the number of auto burglaries and stolen vehicles is very high, and all of this activity during one weekend (we count Fri/Sat/Sun as a weekend for reporting purposes on this web site).  A number of vehicles that were burglarized also had steering column damage and ignition damage, indicating the criminal also tried to steal the vehicle once inside that vehicle.  It is interesting to note that of the 7 stolen vehicles over the weekend, one vehicle was stolen by the offender using the keys left inside the vehicle when the vehicle owner walked away and left the vehicle unsecured with keys.  As a property owner, we just cannot afford to leave property unsecured any longer.  Keep track of your keys.  Think realistically — the odds are not in my favor if I leave my vehicle unlocked with the keys inside and walk into a store that the vehicle will still be there when I walk back to the parking lot.  It is really a matter of changing old habits and being responsible for your property.  Police are responders — citizens are responsible for securing their property.  Do your part and you’ll be ahead of the curve!  I am hoping to see a reduction in the auto thefts, but with warmer weather coming and the old habit of ‘venting’ the vehicle and leaving windows rolled down, I need every one of you readers to spread the word!  These are preventable crimes and I hate to see this activity increase with warmer weather on the way.

Our auto burglaries over the weekend were about 50/50 for forcing entry by popping door locks, breaking windows or removing windows and the other half were unforced entries (the vehicle was left unlocked).  Make it a habit to double-check that you have locked your vehicle and removed all items of value. 

What did criminals steal from 17 vehicles in 3 days?  A back pack with tax documents inside, wallets, insurance and registration paperwork for the vehicles, checks/checkbooks, garage door opener, papers with personal identity data, another back pack but this one had military gear inside, a back pack and clothing-keys-cell phone-toiletries-magazines, another wallet and the contents, a key to locking wheels, sunglasses, another garage door opener, bags of groceries left behind in a car trunk, one thousand rounds of ammunition, a knife, a charger cable, Beats headset, a purse and the contents inside.    Most of the items stolen will be used to commit further crimes:  identity theft, filing false tax returns, fraud, forgery, re-selling items or trading stolen property, violent acts (knife, 1,000 rounds of ammo), etc. 

Be safe,

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