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Crime Trend Warning – Property Crime over the Weekend – Big Event May 21 – Screening Tonight – Jr. Police Academy

Monday is here and there’s a lot to cover in today’s post!  Warning to Readers — First things first:  I am warning readers about anyone going door to door to ask to do yard work or solicit other types of jobs.  Do not open the door — respond and indicate you are home from behind a locked front door.  APD Substations have free “No Soliciting” signs for the public — stop by and pick one up to post by your door.  You can also purchase a sign at most big-box retail or hardware stores or make your own.  If you feel threatened, feel the person(s) on the porch are casing you for a potential burglary or are aggressive and do not honor your request to leave, call 242-COPS or 911 as appropriate from a safe place and report this — provide the best description you can and the operator will dispatch an officer to check the area. Do not let anyone into your home or open the door to them if offering you unsolicited handyman, landscaping, other services.  If they claim to need help/police, respond through the locked door you are calling police for them.  Do not allow strangers into your home or open the door.

Property Crime over the Weekend:  Auto Burglaries:  The details will be listed below, but in general I am seeing a continuation of leaving keys, purses, wallets, IDs, bank cards, check books, garage door openers, gated community gate access devices and firearms inside parked vehicles.  Two of eight auto burglaries over the weekend were at trail parking areas.  Most burglaries were to unlocked vehicles; the rest ‘smash and grabs.”  You can greatly reduce your odds of being a victim if you just lock up and remove all items of value.  Residential Burglaries:  Five of six over the weekend were to unsecured homes via unlocked doors, windows, and stolen garage door openers. Do not allow an offender to walk right in or open a window and climb right in — you’ll cut down the odds of being a burglary victim considerably by just double-checking that you have secured your home.  Auto thefts:  Four of nine stolen vehicles over the weekend were stolen by offenders known to the victims — who has access to your keys?  Are they still trustworthy enough to have that access? 

Public Safety Day Coming Up!  VIN Etching and Public Safety Day at Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE on Saturday, May 21st!  The VIN Etching team will be there from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. — this is free — just bring your current vehicle registration.  Over 70 departments will be represented at the event with special appearances by mascots, lots of information and recruiting.  Bring the family!

APD Junior Police Academy is coming soon!  The next session of the APD Junior Police Academy is June 13-June 17th.  This is a wonderful summer activity for children and more information can be located at the City of Albuquerque web site at where you may print out enrollment forms.  Enrollment forms can also be picked up in person at the APD Police Academy at 5412 Second Street NW.  Minimum age is 10 years old.

Property Crime over the Weekend in the Foothills (Fri/Sat/Sun):

* Home Invasion/Robbery at a Residence * 12500-block of Charla SE (this actually occurred on Thu last week).

9 Stolen Vehicles:  13100-block of Wenonah SE, 500-block of Nathan SE, 12800-block of Dorado SE, 10600-block of Central NE, 12600-block of Copperwood NE, 3700-block of Embudito NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE, 11600-block of Academy NE, 9900-block of Spain NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

6 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of La Charles NE, 13300-block of Oriente NE, 10400-block of Snowheights NE, 11100-block of Cordova NE, 13500-block of Cedarbrook NE, 5200-block of Foothills Trl NE.

8 Auto Burglaries: 11400-block of Vistazo SE, 700-block of Gretta NE, 13300-block of Fruit NE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 400-block of Cenaroca Ct NE, 2100-block of Christine NE, Embudo Trail parking area, Michael Emery Trail parking area.

Have a safe day and post that “No Solicitors” sign by the front door!

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