August Workshop Wednesday / Property Crimes in the Foothills: Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

August Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills:  Ready for sign ups! 

When:  Wednesday, August 17th at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where:  APD Foothills Substation, 12800 Lomas Blvd NE (Between Juan Tabo and Tramway)

Topic:  Mothers Against Drunk Driving presentation on Teen / Underage Drinking

Any disability accommodations?  Let Jill Garcia know at least 2 weeks prior to the workshop.

RSVP to Jill Garcia, 323-4644 or jcgarcia@cabq.gov. — All ages are welcome!

Property Crimes in the Foothills on Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun:  July 28-29-30-31

2 Robberies to Individuals:  12800-block of Dorado SE, 11200-block of Baja Dr NE.

1 Robbery at a Residence (Home Invasion): 12900-block of Central NE.

15 Stolen Vehicles: 11000-block of Miravista Pl SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 11200-block of Deer Lodge Pl SE, 3600-block of Inca St NE (all of these were on Thursday).  10600-block of Central NE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10900-block of Prospect Ne, 11700-block of Clifford Ave NE, 10800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 2300-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 3700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 4200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 12200-block of Academy Rd NE (these were weekend incidents, Fri/Sat/Sun).

1 Commercial Burglary: 12200-block of Candelaria NE (this was discovered/reported on Friday).

4 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Figueroa (this was on Thursday).  400-block of Sawtooth Rd SE, 11500-block of Haines NE, 3100-block of Jane Pl SE (Friday, Saturday and Sunday crime).

6 Auto Burglaries: 2600-block of Muriel St NE (this was on Thursday).  600-block of Running Water Circle SE, 1100-block of Cuatro Cerros Trail SE, 300-block of Dorado SE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12000-block of Stilwell Dr NE (crimes reported on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

What items were stolen from vehicles during the above time frame?  One vehicle’s ignition was broken, indicating an attempt at auto theft.  Sirius radio, an adaptor, a cell phone charger, vehicle registrations/insurance papers, various CDs, personal papers and documents, tools, 2 garage door openers (2 separate cases/addresses), a purse, 2 boxes of ammunition, a lock box.  We also had a report of a 45-caliber gun and a Samurai sword left inside a vehicle that was stolen.  The criminal element is now armed with a 45 caliber gun, a large sword and 2 boxes of ammo.  Please responsibly secure your property and lock up. 

In the month of July, the Foothills Area Command had a tally of 10 guns stolen during burglaries or auto thefts and other weapons (knife, axe, box cutters, a knife collection, a large knife, and the Samurai sword to close out the month of July.  The guns that were stolen?  An AK-47, AR-15, 2 unspecified handguns, a 38 Special, a 22 pistol, 20-gauge shotgun, 25 caliber pistol, another gun that was not specified at time of research, and the 45 caliber gun reported in the weekend’s burglary round-up.  Please take steps to properly secure weapons and firearms to avoid being a victim of this type of burglary, to protect your neighbors and police officers (these stolen weapons could be used against any one of us by criminals). 

If you need help finding gun storage recommendations, there are some great resources out there to research methods of safe gun storage that will fit your situation.  Do an on-line search, go to a gun store or range facility, see the National Rifle Association’s recommendations, or ask me for my Resource Sheet from the May 2016 Workshop Wednesday I hosted on Gun Safety for Families.

Have a good week and be safe,

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





  • Margaret White

    Jill, Do dogs help prevent home invasions? What about posting “Beware of Dog” signs?

    • Good morning Margaret, thanks for the great question. Dogs are fine for prevention — the little ones are very alert and will warn you to any approach to your property and the big ones can be intimidating and scary to potential criminals. Posting a sign on your property can be a deterrent, whether you have a dog or not. You can even increase the perception of risk for a criminal by placing a large bone and water bowl outside in the yard.

      Here’s the thing about home invasions: you may have seen a few recent ones on posts of the daily property crime lately. Although we have had a small number of home invasions (a robbery at a residence — not a burglary — items are taken by force or a weapon or implied weapon) in the Foothills, these are truly rare incidents. Almost all of the ones I have posted about recently have been cases of the victim opening the door of the residence to allow acquaintance(s) inside, or someone the victim knows accompanied by a stranger. The victim has then been beaten up, tied up or threatened with a weapon and the offender(s) stole articles belonging to the victim (vehicle, debit card with the PIN number provided by the victim, etc.). These appear to involved some sort of score to settle (extramarital, money owed, etc.). We did have one recently where the victim was completely taken by surprise by a pair of strangers, but most involve people who know or ‘kind of know’ each other.

      However, no matter what the incident may have been about or the dispute, we ALL need to be on our guard and secure our property and not open the door to unexpected, uninvited people. Keep that garage door closed and secured. Don’t leave windows open or ladders in the yard or unwittingly provide a step ladder over a gate or wall by leaving items out stacked near walls or fencing (trash bins, furniture, cinder blocks, etc.).

      I ask that the community respond to unexpected door-belling or knocking through the locked door if there is a stranger on your porch. Get one of our free “No Solicitors” signs at the substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) and the companion piece (turquoise Door to Door Solicitation brochure on our lobby display table). Post that sign by your door, on a patio gate leading to the door, etc. Feel free to call 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place to report suspicious activity on the block, such as door to door soliciting or activity that looks like someone may be trying to get inside a home or garage or casing the area for a future burglary.

      Thanks Margaret, I hope I answered your question.

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