If I Had a Hammer: I am seeing a few residential burglaries at homes being renovated or under construction. I ask that neighbors be especially alert if you have a vacant home on the block under construction. Usually these homes are empty and workers leave valuable tools and construction equipment behind at the work site when done for the day. If you see what appears to be a break-in or tampering with doors, windows, etc. call 242-COPS (2677) to report it from a safe place. Provide the operator the best description you can and an officer will be dispatched. Remember not to chase, follow, confront or put yourself in danger with a possible offender. Stay in contact with neighbors so you can let each other know if work is being done and who should be there, what they drive, etc. If we stay connected and have contact numbers for each other as neighbors, we will be building stronger and more aware communities. It’s a shame to see these types of burglaries happen and they result in victimizing the resident/property owner and the worker who has tools used to earn a living stolen.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, APD – Foothills Area Command
Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15th and 16th.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11200-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burlgary: 14300-block of Skyline.
5 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of De Soto St SE, 500-block of Sawtooth St SE, 11000-block of Central NE, 1900-block of Chandelle Loop NE, 4400-block of Morris NE. (Continuing on If I Had a Hammer, windows are being smashed to steal stereos and purses left in parked vehicles — remove ALL articles from the vehicle when you park. Stop the habit of leaving a purse in an unattended vehicle. If you can, get stereos with removable face plates to prevent auto burglary).