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Burglary Trends and Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday, April 4, 2016

Burglaries:  What’s Trending?  Residential burglaries yesterday show entries made via doggie doors, open garage doors  open, breaking windows with landscaping rocks and removing window screens at the back of homes to enter via a window.  How can you harden your target (your property) with protective measures?  Check your window screens to make sure they are secure and good shape (not torn, hanging, etc.).  Secure entries at the sides of your homes that lead to back yards and patios — these areas generally have very low visibility for potential witnesses to see suspicious activity and call 242-COPS from a safe place.  Do your sides gates have good locks?  Are they easily scaled?  Do you keep boxes, bins, or other items that could be used to vault/climb over a side gate or wall?  Remove landscaping rocks or patio items that can be used to break a window and keep those items to a minimum. Sensors that alert the homeowner when the beam has been crossed can be placed at strategic points (pathways, driveways, etc.) — there are many gadgets and wireless devices on the market at all price points to help homeowners with target-hardening.  Security film for windows is another option that protects windows from being broken, blocks outsiders from looking inside your windows in most lighting/conditions.  

Trends with auto burglaries are the smash & grabs (breaking a window to access property left inside the vehicle).  We have to get in the habit of bringing all articles of value inside when we park and not leaving anything of value (including items with personal information and garage door openers, keys to other vehicles/mailboxes/homes, remote controls to community gates, etc.) inside the vehicle when we walk away.  It’s a matter of building habits that serve you in today’s world — adjust accordingly to secure your personal property. 

In just one day (yesterday) the following is what was stolen from parked vehicles in our Area Command:  Military body armor, USAF carrier, camo bag, gloves, goggles, gas mask, Kevlar helmet, military jacket, vehicle radio, tools, power cords, iPod — think about what you are leaving behind in your vehicle.  Is it worth it to replace those items?  Could those items lead to other crimes?  Would those items, if stolen, potentially lead to a police officer’s harm?  Help law enforcement in our efforts to help you by checking and double-checking your vehicle and what you routinely leave behind.  This is a community-wide issue and it will take a community-wide commitment to change habits.  

Property Crimes on Monday, April 4, 2016:

1 Vehicle Stolen while Warming Up: 1100-block of Landman NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 11000-block Miravista SE, 13200-block Cloudview NE, 4100-block Shiloh Dr NE.

7 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 3000-block of Toreador NE, 4500-block of Morris St NE, 11200-block of Baja Dr NE.

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