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Tips to Prevent Property Crime — Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun, July 8-9-10)

Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend, Friday 7/8 – Saturday 7/9 – Sunday 7/10

1 Robbery (Car Jacking):  Morris & Montgomery on Saturday afternoon.

1 Robbery to a Business (Commercial): 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE on Saturday afternoon.

12 Stolen Vehicles: 500-block of Morris NE, 900-block of Seattle Slew SE, 600-block of Marquis Dr NE, 13300-block of Turquoise Ave NE, 13500-block of Skyline Rd NE, 13100-block of Constitution NE, 12400-block of Princess Jeanne NE, 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11600-block of Versailles NE, 10300-block of Cueva Del Oso NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 300-block of Western Skies SE, 10300-block of Norman Dr NE, 12100-block of Prospect Ave NE, 13100-block of Sunset Canyon Rd NE.

6 Auto Burglaries: 13100-block of Westview Ave NE, 3 vehicles parked at Piedra Lisa park/trail head area, 9900-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 2500-block of Griggs NE.

Today’s Crime Prevention Message:  Our residential and auto burglaries over the Fri/Sat/Sun weekend were about 50% forced entries (breaking in via doors/windows at homes or punching door locks/smash & grabs for vehicles) and 50% unforced entries (entry via doors and windows left unlocked).  Do you feel that crime is out of control?  There are things that we can do as a community to control what is in our power to control:  securing our property, removing all articles of value from vehicles, not leaving firearms unsecured for days on end in empty homes.  This weekend one residential burglary netted a criminal an AK-47, AR-15 and 2 hand guns — all left loaded and unsecured from Thursday to Saturday.  Yes, it’s a darn shame to be burglarized, but it’s a responsibility to properly secure firearms to keep all of us safe. Another quick tip — I’ve noticed two residential burglaries in the last few weeks where ladders left in yards were used to climb up to second story windows left open to access the home to commit a burglary — simply picking up your tools and equipment in your own yard can prevent a burglary to your home or your neighbor’s home.  A lot of crime prevention is simple, common sense action steps.

I can teach you how to secure property, I can help you form a Neighborhood Watch group and I offer monthly crime prevention workshops here at the APD Foothills Substation.  Get on board, learn some crime prevention methods, meet others in your community who want to be a part of the prevention side of things and interact with your APD Foothills leadership team at these monthly workshops and at Neighborhood Watch facilitation meetings.  I urge you to start controlling what you can — what is in your power to control — today. 

I ask that you help me spread the word — tell a neighbor about this web site, share what you have learned about crime prevention with others, support our police officers with the prevention side while they tackle the ‘responder’ side of things, get a daily property crime tally for our area straight from your APD Crime Prevention Specialist and daily resources.

Be safe, have a good week ahead and spread the word about how simple crime prevention really is to implement —

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