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Screens and Windows; Property Crime Reported on Monday, March 14th

Screens and Windows:  I had been seeing a trend of residential burglary entries into homes via removing the screen from the window and then removing the pane of glass to make entry.  One of our two residential burglaries yesterday showed this method of entry into the home.  I advise home owners to check screens and make sure they are secured, not torn or loose, and to lock up windows.  There are many types of anti-lift/anti-slide devices at multiple price points on the market to go the extra mile when it comes to locking windows.  Any hardware store or on-line search will provide a variety of options.  Warmer weather is on the way and it’s a good time to check your windows and if you like to leave them open a few inches, there are ways you can have the ventilation and still limit potential access to the home. 

Remember:  if you see something suspicious at a neighbor’s home, call 242-COPS (2677) and report it from a place where you area safe.  No chasing, following, confronting — just make the call and officers will be dispatched. Our dispatchers would appreciate a good description and the method of travel (on foot, in a vehicle, being followed by a buddy in a vehicle, etc.) and direction of travel if the suspicious person has moved on from the area.  This will aid officers in doing attempts to locate.

I offer security assessments by appointment and leave the home owner with a checklist of recommendations.  If you would like to book a security assessment, contact me at 323-4644 or via email at jcgarcia@cabq.gov.  I have had many requests for this service and it’s a good time to start thinking about your home security options. 

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

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Monday, March 14, 2016:

1 Robbery to a Business: 900-block of Juan Tabo.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 13300-block of Canyon View Dr NE, 1200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 800-block of Maxine Dr NE, 12000-block of Phoenix NE.