How to Protect Your Wheels: From Friday through Sunday I saw an uptick in property crime involving vehicles. Stolen vehicles and auto burglaries specifically. These are both crimes of opportunity, so if you can control your environment and secure your property, you will be ahead of the curve and reduce the odds of being a victim of auto theft or auto burglary. Of our 5 stolen vehicles from Friday through Sunday, only 1 of 5 was stolen from a single-family residential neighborhood. The others were all at commercial sites in parking lots and at apartment communities. One of the five stolen vehicles had the keys left behind in the parked vehicle prior to the theft. Another one of the five stolen vehicles was taken by someone known to the victim. How do you prevent these types of auto thefts? Key custody — knowing who has your vehicle keys, should they still have your vehicle keys, are they trustworthy to have the keys to one of your biggest investments besides a home, and bringing keys inside with you when you park the vehicle are all things to consider.
Our 8 auto burglaries were randomly spread throughout the Area Command: restaurants, big-box retail parking lots, apartment communities, single-family residential areas, drinking establishments, gym parking lot were all hit this weekend. The most common method of breaking into those 8 vehicles was the ‘smash & grab’ for items left behind in parked vehicles that caught a criminal’s eye.
What was left behind and stolen by criminals from Friday to Sunday in the Foothills Area Command? Prescription medications, medical bag, jewelry, two drivers licenses, multiple IDs, cash, a cell phone, the vehicle battery, multiple back packs, and military uniforms. If these are items you commonly leave behind when you park, reconsider! We had a great arrest thanks to an alert citizen who called APD from a safe location to report a suspicious person.
Things to consider this week: Where are my vehicle keys? Who has an extra vehicle key, and should they still have that key? What do I normally leave behind in my vehicle? Am I a target for a criminal and attracting crime to my neighborhood when I leave articles of value/visible items in my parked car? What can I do to better secure my property to avoid that unfortunate call to police to report my vehicle has been stolen or burglarized? Have I done all I can do to secure my personal property?
Have a safe week, Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command
Property Crime in the Foothills on Friday through Sunday:
5 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 12600-block of Central NE, 3800-block of Mt. Ranier NE, 4300-block of Morris NE.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 11000-block of Deer Lodge Pl SE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE.
8 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 10600-block of Central NE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 11500-block of Lawson Ct NE, two at the same address on the 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 4300-block of Landau NE, 4600-block of Gretta Ct NE.