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Warm-Ups, Auto Burglaries, Special Thank You / Property Crimes on Wed. 3/23/16

Warm-Ups and Auto Burglaries: Warning to the community — we had one ‘warm-up’ auto theft reported in the Foothills Area Command yesterday and more were reported today.  As a community we can no longer practice the habit of leaving a vehicle unattended, warming up and walking away.  This is a 100% preventable crime.  This is also a crime of opportunity, and the telltale signs of exhaust in the early morning hours are indicators of vehicles warming up.  These usually happen in the pre-dawn and early morning hours, but quick stops to ‘just dash in and out’ are also opportunities for auto theft when a vehicle is left running and unattended.  Most vehicles that are stolen in this manner also have valuables that were left inside the vehicles, compounding the crime.  Please help local law enforcement and yourselves by spreading the word!

Auto burglaries were reported in the Foothills yesterday, with multiple incidents at one address.  Items stolen?  Car stereos, a ball, a bag, a cell phone, a battery charger, shoes, clothing.  Please remove all items of value when you park.  Leave nothing visible in your vehicle.  Take the extra step and lock up and check the car:  is there anything, anything at all, that could tempt a burglar?  With Good Friday and Easter around the corner, places of worship will have many vehicles parked and overflow parking and surrounding neighborhood streets may be full with parked vehicles for worship services.  Please follow my advice and go the extra step:  remove the vehicle insurance/registration and garage door opener and bring it with you when you park.  Enjoy services knowing you have done all you could do to control your environment by properly securing your property.  KOAT Ch. 7 did a short piece on this topic shown last night at 10:00 p.m. and again this morning.

A special thank you:  Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” on Cybercrimes Against Children with my special guest Special Agent Lois Kinch with the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Division, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.  What an informative evening!  Due to the feedback attendees provided, we will do a Part 2 in the future and have Lois back.  Watch this web site and nextdoor.com for future announcements on upcoming “Workshop Wednesdays.”  I appreciate the community support for the “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” crime prevention workshop series and thank everyone for attending and providing great feedback for future topics.

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

Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, March 23rd:

1 Stolen Vehicle: 12200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Vehicle stolen while left warming up: 1300-block of Cuatro Cerros Trl Se.

1 Commercial Burglary: 13000-block of Central NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 700-block of Juan Tabo and 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

6 Auto Burglaries: Four at the same address on the 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 500-block of Sandler NE, 700-block of Monell Dr NE.