Trend???: Trailers! Of our four stolen vehicles reported in the Foothills Area Command yesterday, two of the four vehicles were trailers and one was a dump truck. It may surprise you to know that trailers are targeted for auto theft, but it surprised me to see two and one dump truck stolen in one 24-hour period in the Foothills Area Command. I feel this unusual activity justifies a few words on today’s post about prevention.
If you live or work near a construction area or a building being built or coming down, please serve as extra eyes for that area when the workers leave for the day. If you see suspicious activity after the work has been completed for the day, go ahead and make that call from a safe place to 242-COPS (2677). What is suspicious? People who may be lingering and inspecting ways to get into the site after hours, odd vehicles there after the workers have gone, etc. If you live or work in the area, you will have a good idea of what ‘normal’ is for the site/zone if you are observant. Never attempt to chase or confront or follow someone — all ask is to make that suspicious person/vehicle or crime in progress call to 911 or 242-COPS from a safe place and the officers will take it from that point.
Crime prevention methods to protect trailers include quality locks, alarms, trackers (GPS, etc.), lighting at the sight to cover the trailer (criminals don’t like to be seen), sensors that alert if a beam is crossed, sensors that activate an alarm for the owner/site manager of motion from the trailer, cameras at the site to continuously monitor, and of course: a courtesy/security patrol, properly securing the fencing and access points onto the site, reviewing key custody and securing those keys.
Also, have the trailer/equipment make, model, colors, VIN and other identifiers easily accessible to provide to police if the trailer/construction equipment is stolen to help the police get the vehicle into our system and help identify recovered property quickly and reunite victims with property. Don’t forget to keep an inventory for what is inside the trailer as well.
If you would like a visit from your local Crime Prevention Specialist to offer recommendations, call your local substation to set up an appointment. I am at the Foothills Substation (505) 332-5240.
Property Crimes in the Foothills on Wednesday, July 27th
1 Robbery to an Individual: 300-block of Dorado SE.
4 Stolen Vehicles, 3 of 4 vehicles stolen were trailers/dump truck: Two trailers at the same address on the 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 12400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 12100-block of Phoenix NE.
5 Residential Burglaries: 12900-block of Central NE, 14100-block of Copper NE, 500-block of Burma NE, 14200-block of Mocco NE, 13100-block of Turquoise Ave NE.
1 Auto Burglary: 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
Be safe — I will be out of the office on Friday, July 28th so you will not see a post from me tomorrow. I’ll catch up to you with trends, tips and prevention on Monday —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command