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PokemonGo Safety Tips / Reporting Crime / Lock up vehicles and garages will lower risk of burglary / Property Crime on July 13th

PokemonGo tips adapted from the New York Police Department:  Remember you are still in the real world as you play PokemonGo.  There have been reports of accidents, injuries and even crimes where suspects have set up fake Pokestops.  As you play PokemonGo, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Be alert at all times.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Play in pairs or as a group to ensure your safety.
  • Do not drive, ride your bike, skateboard or use other devices while interacting with the app — you cannot do both safely.
  • Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren’t playing PokemonGo.
  • Be aware and talk to your children about the app’s potential to draw strangers together in real life at the Pokestops.
  • Parents:  Be aware of the third-party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience.  These third-party apps can be set ups to get personal information/identifiers/data (names, email addresses, calendar/location access points, etc).

Have fun and be safe, good luck in your quest and happy hatching, trapping, and training at the Pokemon gym!

Thank you NYPD for some great tips to share.

Locking up vehicles, keeping garage doors secured will lower you risk of being burglarized — A number of property crimes committed yesterday were cases of access via open garages and unlocked vehicles.  Simply securing your own property can reduce your odds of being a burglary victim.  Controlling your own environment helps you, your block/neighborhood and our over-tasked officers by reducing calls for service and preventing crime.  Remember:  you job #1 as a citizen is to secure your belongings and do your best to deter, delay or deny entry.  I can teach you how at the monthly “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills” crime prevention workshops, at Neighborhood Watch Facilitation meetings, at community meetings and during security assessments of homes, business, and other sites.  

Reporting Crime:  To clarify for the community, please do not call me (APD Foothills Crime Prevention Specialist) to report a crime on your behalf.  I do not take police reports or report crime for citizens or send officers to your location.  You will need to call 911 or 242-COPS (non-emergency number) and speak to the operator.  There is important information for officer safety that the operator will need to ask you about what occurred or is occurring and more information the operators need from you for your safety and our officers’ safety.  We have a 24/7 staff at 911 and 242-COPS who do those functions and you can also file police reports online through or by telephone in most cases via the APD Telephone Reporting Unit at 768-2030.  As always, if there is a crime in progress, fire, medical emergency, traffic accident with injuries or felony in progress 911 is the appropriate place to call and report it.  All other crimes that have already occurred, have no witnesses or suspects or injuries and are non-life threatening can probably be addressed through the non-emergency 242-COPS number, reported on-line or through the Telephone Reporting Unit.

Property Crime in the Foothills on Wednesday, July 13th:

4 Stolen Vehicles: 1130-block of Santa Ana SE, 100-block of Serenity Hills SE, 600-block of Caughran Place NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 800-block of Warm Springs Rd SE, 800-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 9700-block of Aztec Rd NE.

6 Auto Burglaries: 12600-block of Cloudview NE, 600-block of Caughran Pl NE, 14000-block of Sunglow Rd NE, 10800-block of Snowheights Rd NE, 1100-block of Algodones NE, 11800-block of Atlantic City NE.

Have a safe day!

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