Here are the property crimes that occurred in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, May 10th and Wednesday, May 11th and some corresponding crime prevention recommendations. I was at a conference on April 29th and vacation May 2nd – 6th, so I am getting caught up and daily posts from me should resume now that I’m catching up with the back log. It is nice to be back!
Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, May 10:
4 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Dorado SE, 800-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 10100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Pinon Creek SE, 11700-block of Copper NE, 1800-block of Morris NE, 10200-block of Cuevo Del Oso NE.
5 Auto Burglaries: 11100-block of Colville SE, 500-block of Eugene SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 6200-block of Cactus Canyon Trail NE, 13100-block of Enchantment Lane NE.
Property Crime in the Foothills on Wednesday, May 11:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 12300-block of Mountain Rd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11200-block of Candelaria NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 13300-block of Cloudview NE.
5 Auto Burglaries: 10900-block of Jewel Cave SE, 1000-block of Maverick Ln SE, 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 1900-block of Busher SE, 12300-block of Piru SE.
Crime Prevention Specialist’s Recommendations:
Auto thefts: I am continuing to see auto-related crimes (theft and burglary) at a pretty solid pace occurring in our Area Command. Lock up, keep track of your keys and who has access to vehicle keys. Do not leave a set of keys inside the vehicle or leave the vehicle running for ‘quick stops’ to the mail box, day care to pick up kids, stopping by the convenience store or leaving vehicles unlocked or with keys inside at the pumps. These are all tempting targets for criminals and an opportunity to take advantage of an unsecured vehicle.
APD will be at the upcoming Public Safety / Law Enforcement Day on Saturday, May 21st at the Balloon Museum/Park to conduct free VIN etchings for the community. This is an auto theft deterrent and only takes a few minutes. If you haven’t had your vehicle’s VIN etched in the glass pieces (windows, sunroof, etc). it only takes a few minutes and requires you to bring the current vehicle registration with you. The VIN etching will be held at this event from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and there will be lots of fun activities for the family and many public safety and first responder agencies represented at the event. I recommend getting a VIN etching as an auto theft prevention measure.
Auto Burglaries: I am seeing many of these cases that are easily preventable. We have the unforced entry type, which is leaving the vehicle unlocked or a window ajar and the offender simply accesses the vehicle. We also have seen a lot of the ‘smash and grabs’ where the offender breaks the window to access what is inside the vehicle. There are also punched door locks, pried window/window frames as well. The preventable cases are of course the unforced entries and those who leave articles of value inside unattended vehicles. The laundry list of items that were left behind inside unattended vehicles and then stolen would probably astound most people — the bottom line — we have to control our own environments as citizens. Auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity; reduce the opportunity and you reduce the odds of being a victim. It sounds simple, and there are complexities to these types of issues, but that’s the easiest recommendation I can offer to you as a citizen in this type of format.
Residential Burglaries: For the cases shown above over the last two days, of 5 residential burglaries I show 1 at the time of research where method of entry was not noted, 2 were the entry was unforced (left a window open, left a back door open) and 2 that were forced entries (damaged garage door to enter the home, damaged a door at the back of the home to enter). Neighbors looking out for neighbors will go a long way to alerting when a garage door is left open or someone who shouldn’t be at the home is in the back yard, attempting to climb a fence or wall or other suspicious behavior. Get to know your neighbors, how to contact them if you see something potentially criminal, let them know if you’ll be having work done on the house or out of town. Whether you do this formally through APD Crime Prevention’s Neighborhood Watch program or on an informal basis, reach out — you may be surprised how reassuring it is to be invested with other stakeholders on your block. If you want to learn more about Neighborhood Watch, contact me at 323-4644 or at email@example.com.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS, APD Foothills Area Command