Crime Prevention Tip of the Day: “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” for March is going to be on “Cybercrimes Against Children” on Wednesday, March 23rd at the Foothills Substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. My guest instructor is Special Agent Kinch with the New Mexico Attorney General’s office, who has specialized in this field for 14 years and has a 20+ year background in law enforcement. With spring break coming up for the kids or grandkids, this may be a good time to stop by the station and learn how they can be safer in today’s digital world. What parents or grandparents learn in March’s “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” will be good information to go over as a family during spring break. If teens attend, they can share the information learned with their friends and siblings.
RSVPs are required due to limited seating — just call me at 323-4644 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to save a seat. Children and teens are welcome at this one-hour workshop if you judge them mature enough to sit still for an hour and if you feel they have the ability to absorb the material and apply it to their lives.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command
Property Crime on Thursday, March 3rd:
1 Car Jacking: 700-block of Claudine NE. Quick tip: situational awareness! Never leave a vehicle running and keep the keys in your pocket/on your body when loading kids in the car. When we are distracted with kids and in a rush, our defenses go down. Everyone ended up safe in this incident, but remember to start up the vehicle when all passengers are tucked in safely and the doors are locked — then start up the vehicle.
2 Armed Robberies at a Business: 12000-block of Menaul, 1000-block of Juan Tabo.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 500-block of Tramway. Quick tip: if you cannot trust a child around your vehicle, keep those keys secured and do not reveal where you keep the car keys to an untrustworthy family member. Luckily, the vehicle was returned several hours later and the family member who snuck out with the vehicle is fine.
1 Residential Burglaries: 13100-block of Constitution. Lock up windows and check screens to make sure they are not torn or loose.
1 Auto Burglary: 500-block of Eubank. Removing all visible items and items of value when you park (or leaving them at home if not needed for your errand) greatly reduces the odds of being a victim of an auto burglary. Scan the parking lot — if there is illegitimate activity like wandering, loitering, pan handling, etc. complain to management and if you must visit that business, go back when it feels safe to you.