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The Bigger Picture/Behind the Scenes and Property Crimes in the Foothills over the Weekend

1 Robbery to an Individual:  5200-block of Vista Del Cerro NE.

10 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Western Skies SE, 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 700-block of Supper Rock NE, 11200-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 12500-block of Apache Pl NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10200-block of Malaguena NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 12800-block of Dorado SE, 11000-block of Snowheights NE.

6 Auto Burglaries: Two at the same address on the 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 13500-block of Skyline Rd NE, 2100-block of Eastridge NE, 10500-block of Morningstar Dr NE.

The importance of reporting crime:  You are part of a bigger picture!  There are people at the Albuquerque Police Department behind the scenes who pour over data, sift it, map it, and use it to create a big picture of what is happening in our city and our Area Commands regarding criminal activity.  This bigger pictures helps supervisors deploy manpower, aids in crime analysis efforts, crime prevention, and can reveal good locations for field briefings, extra patrolling or special projects and other specialized unit tasks.

Citizens who report criminal activities are helping law enforcement work smarter by providing important data to those behind the scenes that support the men and women in blue.  Your call data to 911, 242-COPS and even some quality of life calls placed by citizens to the Citizens Contact Center (311) are all part of the larger picture.   If crime is not reported through the 911, 242-COPS numbers or on-line police reports (www.cabq.gov/police) or telephone reports (768-2030), it is as if it never happened in our world here behind the scenes.  Flagging down an on-duty officer ‘just to tell you this happened, and no, I don’t want to make a police report’ happens in our community — just telling the officer can be so much more when an official report is made.  The data from those incidents reported is used to support our field services and other staff to pinpoint what is happening, when it is happening, methods used by criminals, suspect information, and more.

If you have been a victim of crime, help us to help you by taking the time to make that report!  We try to make it easy for you with on-line police reports for most types of incidents (www.cabq.gov/police), telephone reporting (768-2030), dispatch (242-COPS and 911) and at most substations and mini-substations.

Have a safe day and a good start to the week ahead —

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