Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, July 19th
1 Robbery to an Individual: 12700-block of Central NE.
1 Home Invasion Robbery: 12800-block of Central NE.
3 Stolen Vehicles: 12800-block of Copper NE, 100-block of La Villita Circle NE, 3700-block of Mt. Ranier NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 200-block of Dorado SE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of DeSoto St SE, 1800-block of Man ‘O War Se, 1000-block of Soledad SE, 900-block of Cuatro Cerros SE, 1100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10400-block of Hendrix NE.
A few words about the property crimes reported yesterday: Our robberies were at 0038 hr and 0516 hr — these are times when there are few people out on the streets on a weeknight, which means few potential witnesses and the level of risk for the offender(s) is low. If you can avoid being out at pre-dawn times until there are more passers-by (potential witnesses who would call 911), do so. The home invasion robbery was reported as being committed by a male and a female who the victim allowed inside and the female was known to the victim (the victim’s perception of risk was low). If you receive an unexpected visitor, strangers knocking on your door and you do not feel safe, that is a legitimate 242-COPS (2677) call to make from a safe place (behind that locked door).
Stolen vehicles are crimes of opportunity: the ones that occurred yesterday were discovered between 0552 hr through 1715 hr. Auto burglaries are similar in nature as crimes of opportunity. We have to lock up our own property in order to reduce the opportunity and heighten the level of risk for the offender. This means no cash left behind in the vehicle, bring in the vehicle registration and insurance paperwork, remove anything visible — these are all things that tempt a criminal. If you must park outside of a secured garage/parking area, make your vehicle a high-risk proposition for an auto burglar: park under good lighting, make sure the sight lines to your vehicle are clear, check out alarm systems to fit your budget, look into an anti-theft device as well, bring in valuables when you park, and lock the doors and check that windows are rolled up.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command