What’s Trending? I am seeing more auto-related property crimes this week in the Foothills Area Command. Auto thefts, auto burglaries are climbing slightly. Property left inside parked vehicles is attracting attention: personal documents, IDs, wallets, purses, spare change, sunglasses, tools, tool bags or boxes, etc. The stolen vehicles and the auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity: if the target is weak, the criminal is motivated — there’s the opportunity to take advantage. Bring your valuables and any items with personal information inside with you when you park. Park in a secured garage if you have one. Think about moving boxes and holiday decorations and yard tools out of the way to use the garage for its intended purpose: to park your vehicle in a secured spot. Remember to lock up. Even a few quarters or coins left in the center console are tempting auto burglars — we cannot afford to leave anything of value inside the vehicle. Park in well-lit and well-traveled areas if possible; get removable face plates for auto stereo/radios, invest in a good alarm system and consider anti-theft devices if an alarm isn’t a possibility (devices that disable the vehicle is it is moved or do not allow the vehicle to start up or operate without the owner). Since it’s Wednesday, I am hoping for a downturn in this trend and hope for a weekend with low or zero of these types of auto-related property crimes. Be safe —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command
Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, March 29th:
5 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 800-block of Monte Alto NE, 12300-block of Woodland Ave NE, 5800-block of Greenly Ave NE, 11500-block of Nassau NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11900-block of Central NE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 13300-block of Turquoise NE, 14200-block of Sedrev NE, 11200-block of Paris NE, 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, and two at the same address on the 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.