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Property Crimes in the Foothills on Thursday, June 2nd / National Donut Day — I Salute the Donut!

National Donut Day:  Ah the humble donut, that fried ring of doughy sweetness that disappears so quickly, can be dunked in a mug of hot steaming coffee… Homer Simpson’s favorite delicacy… Consider the donut hole — a positive use of negative space/waste turned into a mini-treat!  We made it to Friday and the stars aligned with National Donut Day on a Friday — what a double treat.  I wanted to take a break from the crime rates, trends and stats and just celebrate the end of challenging week, and ponder the goodness of the humble donut.  If you are really into donuts, the Martha Stewart Instagram account has many variations on this treat…combinations of flavors that would blow an ordinary donut expert’s mind!  Maybe you can stop for a minute in the middle of a busy day and get a donut and savor a moment in goodness in a hectic world and maybe even reflect on our city and what a great place it truly is with good people trying to make it better block by block.

Property Crimes in the Foothills:

4 Stolen Vehicles: 12500-block of Woodland Ave NE, 2500-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 2900-block of Palo Verde NE, 11300-block of Key West NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE, 11100-block of Paris NE.

3 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4900-block of Arroyo Chamisa Rd NE.

Words for the Weekend:  Don’t ‘hide’ the purse in the car, park and go shopping!  It doesn’t work — criminals know just where to look inside the vehicle and may have even been watching you ‘hide’ the purse and then go shopping.  Criminals got away with a purse, a wallet, multiple IDs, Social Security cards, credit cards, debit cards, cash, make up, and a Samsung cell phone yesterday during auto burglaries.  All of those listed items were left behind in parked vehicles while victims were inside local businesses or parked in a residential area and stolen and reported between 8:00 a.m and 5:00 p.m.  Auto burglaries are crimes of opportunity — remove the opportunity and the odds of being a victim are reduced.  This weekend,  inditch the purse and start carrying essentials only in a pocket, in a wristlet that attaches to a belt loop and fits in your pocket, or try a fanny pack — just experiment with leaving the purse at home.  Your neck and shoulders may thank you too, due to a lightened load.  You will be more aware of your surroundings without juggling a purse and bags or a shopping cart.

Stay safe, have a good weekend, enjoy a donut and come to the Cyber Crimes Against Children workshop or the Foothills Community Policing Council meeting on Monday night (see Events Calendar on this web site).

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