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Resources: Cyber Crimes Against Children / Property Crime in the Foothills Monday, 6/6/16

Resources:  Cyber Crimes Against Children workshop last night: Thanks to Special Agent Lois Kinch and those who attended the workshop last night.  Once again, Special Agent Kinch did a great job on the topic and we all learned a lot last night. Special Agent Kinch and her colleagues with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division / Internet Crimes Against Children Unit are happy to do these types of presentations for the community at large and specialize in the Internet Crimes Against Children topic and also Human Trafficking.  Contact the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office for more information.  Thanks again to Special Agent Kinch for her time and sharing her passion for protecting children.

Here are some things I learned from the workshop:  25% of middle school classroom students polled/surveyed by their teacher had actually gone to meet a person they had chatted with on line; 1 of 3 search warrants from the 61 specialized task forces across the country resulted in the rescue of a child.  Special Agent Kinch is part of that network of 61 specialized task forces.  There are apps to help parents monitor their children’s online activity and disable texting in a motor vehicle if the vehicle is moving over 10 miles per hour.  Here’s a list for readers to research monitoring apps/services — some are fee-based with subscriptions, but what is your child’s life worth?  It may be something to investigate and sit down and discuss as a family.

Monitoring Software:  Qustodo, Mobile Guardian, My Mobile WatchDog, Parentkit, Phone Sheriff.

Also, the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children is a great resource and I like the Polly Klaas Foundation and the National Crime Prevention Council as well.  They are all worth an online search to learn more.

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

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Monday, June 6th:

1 Armed Robbery to an Individual: 13300-block of Central NE.

2 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Figueroa SE, 4500-block of Morris NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE; one on the south side of the block, the other on the north side.

2 Residential Burglaries: 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1700-block of Muriel NE.

7 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of Glacier Bay Pl SE, three vehicles at the same address on the 200-block of Shirley NE, 300-block of Martha NE, 200-block of Zena Lona, 10300-block of Constitution NE.

Tips:  Key custody with vehicles:  Who has your keys?  Why?  Are they trustworthy?  Prevent access to the vehicle keys to shady characters and you’ve taken a giant step towards preventing an auto theft.

Key custody to your home:  See above!  Carefully consider who you ask to house sit!  It may be more prudent to inform a community manager if in an apartment community and/or a few trusted neighbors than allow someone untrustworthy access to your world.

Leaving items of value in parked vehicles and walking away:  We cannot afford to continue to practice this out-dated habit in today’s world.  The less you leave in your vehicles the better.