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Many thanks to many people, property crime over the weekend, upcoming VIN etching events….

Many Thanks:  To the people who make a difference in our community —

Celebration of Life:  One of the Foothills Area Command’s Co-Block Captains passed away on April 7th, Mr. John Eric Pope.  I want to extend sympathy from the entire APD Foothills Area Command team to Mr. Pope’s family, friends and neighbors.  Mr. Pope’s service to his community through the Neighborhood Watch program will not be forgotten. 

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and 911 Education Month:  Thank you to those who serve as Telecommunicators for public safety agencies.  These are the dedicated and highly trained professional who answer your calls for service and do so much more behind the scenes beyond answering the 242-COPS and 911 phone calls.  These professionals handle a very high volume of mostly stressful and emotionally charged telephone calls from the community with poise and professionalism.  Please keep these vital community servants in your thoughts all week and throughout the month of April as they go about their duties 24/7 on behalf of the first responders and citizens in our city.

National Volunteer Week: Another thank you to the people who serve the community as volunteers, sharing their special skills and talents to benefit others.  To those who serve as Neighborhood Watch Block Captains, Co-Captains, members of Neighborhood Associations, Home Owner Associations, Boards, Committees, Coalitions, who serve as police’s ‘extra eyes on the block’ thank you.  Taking the time to attend meetings, workshops, participate in National Night Out events, block party or picnic planning and clean-up days and the myriad of other activities to keep your neighborhoods united is so appreciated.  The APD Foothills Area Command team extends a big thank you.  Image one day in our city without any volunteers!  If you would like to apply to volunteer for APD, please contact Marcy Hackett at the APD Valley Area Command Substation at 761-8800.

Two VIN Etchings Coming Up!   Saturday, April 16th at the Cottonwood Mall and Saturday, May 7th in the Foothills Area Command at the AAA of New Mexico parking lot at 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE.  Both events are from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m.  and only take a few minutes to complete the etching of the auto VIN number on the glass pieces.  The VIN Etching service is free, bring your current vehicle registration with you.  Having the VIN etched on the vehicle glass pieces prevents vehicles from being stolen and taken to ‘chop shops’ and sold for parts and if the vehicle is ever stolen, the VIN being etched into the glass pieces helps law enforcement identify the vehicle quickly if recovered.


Property Crime over the weekend in the Foothills Area Command (Friday-Saturday-Sunday):

8 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Figueroa, two vehicles at the same address on the 9700-block of Chapala Dr. NE, 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 13100-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 3500-block of Yosemite NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10300-block of Malaguena Lane NE.

5 Residential Burglaries: 500-block of Nathan NE, 1800-block of Betts NE, 12600-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 1600-block of Antonio NE, 12200-block of Phoenix NE.

16 Auto Burglaries: 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 11200-block of Campo Del Sol NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 2500-block of Muriel NE, 2000-block of Martha NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 12300-block of Mountain Rd NE, 12200-block of Mountain Rd NE, 1700-block of Paisano NE, 4100-block of Glen Canyon NE, three vehicles at the same address on the 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10600-block of Casador Del Oso NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

We’ve got a problem with auto-related burglaries:  what can you do to prevent this as a citizen/potential victim?

Remove all items of value, including personal information and leave nothing visible inside the vehicle.  Lock up.  Roll up windows.  Consider stereos/radios with removable face plates.  Consider anti-theft devices and/or alarms.  Park in good lighting with lots of potential witnesses who could call 911 if they saw your vehicle being broken into.  If you have a garage, clear it out and park in the garage and secure the garage.  Can’t park in the garage?  Invest in good lighting where you park — motion sensors, lights on a timer from dusk to dawn, etc.  Check out a driveway sensor — if the beam is broken, it alerts the home owner inside the home.  There are all kinds of new developments and advances in the world of home and auto security and I advise you shop around, do research, collect advice from trusted neighbors, read consumer reviews on the various products.  However, the ‘free’ method of prevention as always is to lock up and remove all items of value.

What was stolen in auto burglaries over the weekend by offenders striking targets in the Foothills Area Command? 

Stereos, USB speaker, two duffle bags and contents, IRS paperwork with listed Social Security numbers and personal data, briefcase, drivers license-Social Security card-medical marijuana card, wheel locks, personal information, papers, bags, and another vehicle where drivers license-Social Security card-debit cards were stolen.  One vehicle was also an attempted auto theft (stealing the vehicle) in addition to a burglary.

Residential Burglaries this weekend and GUNS: Two guns were stolen during residential burglaries this weekend.  May’s “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” topic will be “Gun Safety for Families” and we will address proper ways to secure firearms in your home.  I will open up the workshop for RSVPs on this web site and soon — if you want to hold the date, it will be on Wednesday, May 25th.

Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills:  April 20th — “Nuisances!  Cures for Common Community Complaints”:  I have one seat remaining — if you would like to attend, contact me at 323-4644 or  If you want to take that last seat and bring a friend, let me know — I’d be happy to bring in an extra chair if need be. 

Have a great week ahead, and please remember to take a moment or two to think about special people who serve or have served our community like Mr. Pope, the Telecommunicators and all the volunteers who take time and special talents and use them to serve others.

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