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Garage door openers being stolen / Property Crimes / What’s Trending

Garage door openers being stolen:  It is important to help spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors to remove ALL items of value — including vehicle registration/insurance/garage door openers/gated community access remotes or card keys  — with you when you park your vehicle and walk away.  These are all items that can fit into a wristlet, a fanny pack or in a pocket.  When these items are stolen during an auto burglary they can then be used to commit a residential burglary, compounding one crime into multiple crimes.  

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Thursday, April 21, 2016:

3 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 12200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 11000-block of Fort Point Lane NE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 12000-block of Brentwood Hills NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 9900-block of Arvilla NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

Trending: I am starting to see reports of a few trailers being stolen in the Foothills Area Command.  Items with personal information are being stolen from unattended, parked vehicles — vehicle title, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, a garage door opener, and the usual:  a purse and the wallet/contents, jewelry, iPhone, electronics all stolen during yesterday’s reported auto burglaries. 

Summer weather habits to break:  leaving garage door, vehicle windows, windows at the residence ‘cracked’ for ventilation.  These all provide access to criminals and are things a citizen can control within his/her own environment.  If you must leave a window open a bit for the evaporative cooler, invest in some additional mechanisms to add to the window to prevent lifting or sliding the window out of the track.  Never leave the garage door open or partially open — this is the biggest door to your home and not only provides access to tools, property, vehicles, but for most of us, the door from the garage into the home is accessed via the garage.  Venting vehicles by leaving windows ‘cracked open’ provides easy access to an auto burglar. 

Have a safe weekend and take a few minutes to review what you leave inside your car when you park and maybe do an on-line search or an in-person cruise through the hardware store to look at devices to secure your windows and still allow a breeze or ventilation.

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