Cars, Trail Heads and Guns: Yesterday the Foothills Area Command had 7 auto burglaries reported. Of those 7, 3 were at the same trail head location (these are listed below). Trail heads are places that are ideal for auto burglars: most people innocently enough ‘hide’ items in the vehicle under the seat, cover something with a towel and leave it visible, leave items inside the vehicle (trunk, center console, glove box, etc.) and the walk away for at least an hour along a path that is out of sight with no sight lines to their vehicle and their back in general to the area where they left their vehicle. These areas are not well-traveled with lots of people (potential witnesses who would not hesitate to call 911) and are somewhat isolated.
Yesterday we had the 9th gun stolen in the Foothills month-to-date, and this gun was stolen from a vehicle at a trail head access area. This is a serious problem in my mind. Of the 9 guns stolen so far in May, 8 of 9 were stolen during auto burglaries. What happens to that gun? It is now in the hands of someone who had no qualms about committing a burglary. Would that person hesitate to shoot at a police officer or an innocent citizen? These are things we need to ponder as a community and as persons exercising our Constitutional right to bear arms. Along with rights come responsibilities.
Yes, it’s sad that we cannot leave firearms and valuables inside our vehicles to go take a hike or bike ride or enjoy the beauty of our Foothills area, or make a quick stop somewhere, but a change of old habits to new ones is all that is needed. Being responsible for our property, controlling what we can within our environment, locking up and securing firearms so protect our kids, grand kids, and the community-at-large when we are not using our guns is something that the entire community is counting on from gun owners.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD Foothills Area Command
Property Crimes in the Foothills: Monday, May 16th
1 Stolen Vehicle: 9800-block of Candelaria Rd NE.
7 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 200-block of Zena Lona NE, 11500-block of Menaul Blvd NE, three incidents reported within an hour and 45 minutes in the afternoon at trail head parking on Camino De La Sierra NE.