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Fun Things, VIN Etchings, Parking at Trail Head Lots and…Property Crime on Monday

Fun things:  The Albuquerque Police Department will be at the 14th Annual Matchbox International Gathering of Friends for their annual Public Safety Day and Toy Show on Sunday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel at 2101 Louisiana (in the parking lot).  This is a great event for families to attend.  The following will be present:  APD Horse Mounted Unit, DWI, Open Space, the Albuquerque Fire Department, Bernalillo County Fire Department, McGruff the Crime Dog (wish him a belated birthday — it was July 1!), Guardians of the Children, KAFB Military personnel and more.

Upcoming VIN Etchings:  Saturday, July 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Conn’s Home Plus, 4208-a Central SE and on Saturday, July 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Dream Style Remodeling at 1460 Renaissance Blvd NE.  The VIN etching is free, takes a few minutes and requires the current vehicle registration.  VIN etching is way to deter auto theft by etching the vehicle ID number into the vehicle windows to prevent dismantling and sold for parts.  

Caution when parking / Trail Head parking areas:  Jack L. wrote in and asked about parking at trail head lots and some tips (thanks Jack!).  I recommend whenever you park your vehicle and walk away to remove all articles of value.  We like to think that means cash, wallets, purses, cameras, cell phones, tablets, etc.  but this also includes vehicle registrations, insurance papers, any items with personal information, garage door openers, gate access ‘clickers’ or badges, work IDs, etc.  If you clean out our vehicle and drive around with the minimum required for your trip, you’ll be ahead of the game.  Try to carry the items you think you will need on your body (pockets, fanny packs, back packs, etc.) and don’t leave them behind.  Most people think they can leave valuables in the glove box or center console, but these can be broken or pried open if the burglar feels comfortable enough with the risk level.  Enjoy our beautiful trails and scenery, but take the steps to secure you property so when you walk away into our wilderness you know you did your best to protect your vehicle and property.

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Monday, July 11th

2 Stolen Vehicles and 1 Additional Vehicle Stolen while left unattended warming up (cooling down? — JG):  12300-block of Singing Arrow SE, 10800-block of Lowe Ste NE, 10700-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 10800-block of Thunder Basin Rd SE, 700-block of Nakomis Dr NE.

4 Auto Burglaries:  11200-block of Miravista SE, 10500-block of Mountain Rd NE, 10600-block of Walker Dr NE, 13500-block of Terragon Dr NE.

What’s being stolen from parked vehicles?  Purses, wallets, drivers licenses, vehicle registration, vehicle insurance, clothing.  Remove these items and take them with you when you park.  Locking up would eliminate about half of our Foothills Area Command auto burglaries — we normally run about 50/50 for forced entries (breaking a window, prying, etc.) vs unforced entries (leaving vehicles unlocked, windows partially open to ‘vent’ the vehicle, etc.).

Be safe, have a great week –

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