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Vials of Life / Fun Weekend Event / Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, July 14th

Vials of Life: We have a supply of Vials of Life for the public to pick up at the Foothills Substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) during business hours of Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  Vials of Life brochures and baggies are on a table in the lobby.  Vials of Life is a pamphlet paired with a baggie for citizens to list important family health information, medical history, medications and supplements.  The citizen completes the pamphlet and slips it into the accompanying plastic envelope (has a magnet attached) and the information is kept on the refrigerator.  If medical emergency responders are called to the home, they will check for the Vial of Life information. The Vial of Life is helpful for the caller in a few ways:  if the caller needs to be transported, the responder will know where to get the caller’s meds to take along to the hospital so the caller is not without vital medication and if the caller needs to be treated on scene in a medical emergency the responder will be aware of medications, health complications and allergies.  I recommend one Vial of Life kit per family member.  The Vials of Life brochures are in English and Spanish and can also be printed from home by going to:  www.cabq.gov/council/vial-of-life and using your own magnet/baggie to store the information.

Fun Weekend event:  Sunday, July 17th is the Public Safety Day and Matchbox event at the Marriott on Lousiana/I-40 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be lots for families to see and do — stop by and say hello to our APD representatives!

Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, July 14th

3 Stolen Vehicles:  Snowheights & Morris NE intersection, 12400-block of Reo Rd NE, 11000-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 11400-block of Central NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 9700-block of Comanche NE.

4 Auto Burglaries: 11900-block of Lombard NE, 10400-block of Bellamah NE, 3100-block of Tahiti St NE, 10500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

Trends:  How are these crimes being committed?  The residential burglary pried open a door to gain entry to the home yesterday.  The auto burglars merely entered unlocked vehicles for the most part for the auto burglaries committed yesterday.  This weekend would be a great time to clean out the car and review what is essential to drive around with inside your vehicle, figure out what you need to remove and carry with you when you park and check into anti-theft devices.  You can go all out with alarm systems or go low-tech with devices that prevent the ignition from starting up, the brake from working, etc.  — check out the big-box retail stores or do an on-line research project this weekend and see what options are out there to prevent auto theft and auto burglary. If you must park outside your garage, that increases the risk level for a burglary.  Balance out that risk level with good lighting over your vehicle, clearing overgrown shrubs to enhance neighbor’s views to your vehicle/driveway, check out driveway sensors that alert you inside when activated, etc.  This is a great time to be in the crime prevention field with so many advances in gadgets and devices designed to protect property — why not invest a few hours this weekend in doing some research or clearing out the garage so you can park your vehicle inside a secured space.

Have a great weekend and stay safe,

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