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May Workshop Wednesday has 4 seats left / Property Crime on Tuesday, April 19

May’s Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills on Gun Safety for Families:  I have four seats left for the May Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills — contact me at 323-4644 or jcgarcia@cabq.gov if you’d like to attend.  I will start a waiting list once we fill up; there is always a chance of a cancellation and moving a few people into the workshop off the waiting list.  I have to say ‘thank you’ to the community for supporting the Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills crime prevention workshop series — I am always looking for new topics, so if you have a suggestion, contact me!

Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, April 19th:

1 Carjacking:  12100-block of Singing Arrow SE.

2 Stolen Vehicles:  400-block of Western Skies SE, 1900-block of Kriss Place NE.

5 Auto Burglaries:  800-block of Trading Post Trail SE, 200-block of Western Skies SE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, Elena Gallegos parking area, 9900-block of Osuna NE.

Crime Prevention recommendations:  I am seeing a few trailers being stolen lately — if you are storing one at home or at an apartment community, treat the trailer with the same care you would your vehicle.  The best prevention is to park in a secured garage or gated off area with a fence that can’t be bent/rolled up/cut up/climbed over.  Not possible?  Then park in well lit areas, pick a spot with good sight lines — the more ‘eyes on the trailer’ the more potential witnesses you have who may call 911 if they see criminal activity.  Have the vehicle/trailer information ready and at your fingertips if it’s stolen — APD Crime Prevention has Vehicle Identification Cards you can fill out and keep in your wallet with your vehicle (trailer/watercraft/etc) information that the officer will need for the police report.  APD Crime Prevention Specialists all have supplies of Vehicle Information Cards — stop by the Foothills Substation to pick up one card per vehicle and carry the completed card with you in your wallet.

Again, a word about trail head access parking areas:  do not attempt to ‘hide’ purses and wallets and other valuables in your vehicle and walk away.  A criminal knows you are out of eye sight and will be gone potentially for at least an hour.  It takes seconds to break into a vehicle.  Criminals are checking under seats, in trunks, prying open glove boxes and center consoles.  Edit what you carry with you and bring your wallet or IDs/registration/insurance/garage door opener with you on your hike.  Those items can all fit in a back pack, fanny pack, wristlet hooked through a belt loop or button-hole or tucked into a pocket, etc.  As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, I predict these types of crimes will increase.  APD Foothills Area Command’s team wants you to enjoy your hike or use of Open Space knowing you have done all you can to prevent being a victim of an auto burglary.

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