Free Vehicle Tattoos! (APD-sponsored VIN Etching): The next Vehicle Identification Number Window Etching Event (I like ‘vehicle tattoo’ better) is coming up on Saturday, August 27th from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at the Target parking lot at 9371 Coors Boulevard NW. VIN etching is a vehicle theft prevention method, is free, and takes just a few minutes and only requires you bring the vehicle registration with you. Having the VIN etched on your vehicle windows discourages criminals from stealing your vehicle to be ‘chopped’ and re-sold as parts (sometimes the parts are worth more than the intact vehicle). VIN etching also helps law enforcement to quickly identify a stolen vehicle during the recovery process. Tatt up your ride to prevent auto theft on the 27th.
Property Crime in the Foothills on Tuesday, August 9th:
1 Robbery to a Business: 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
4 Stolen Vehicles: 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 500-block of Morris St NE, 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10300-block of Oso Redondo NE (vehicle stolen while committing a residential burglary).
2 Residential Burglaries: 12000-block of Phoenix Ave NE, 10300-block of Oso Redondo NE.
5 Auto Burglaries: 300-block of Cuadro St SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 12600-block of Cloudview Ave NE, 1300-block of Stutz Dr NE, 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
We are continuing to tally about half of our auto burglaries in the Foothills as unforced entries (left vehicle unlocked or a window rolled down) versus forced entries (smashing windows, prying, popping locks, etc.).
School is starting soon — review what you leave in your vehicle. I am seeing reports about sports equipment being stolen from vehicles this week (we aren’t even to Friday yet!). With team practices and sporting events about to kick into high gear, it’s important to protect your gear while parked and on the field watching and cheering on the kids. Lock up your vehicle, don’t leave anything in sight inside the vehicle and take the valuables with you to the field or park to watch the kids. Criminals can break into vehicles in seconds and they take advantage of you having your eyes on the team/kids and not on your vehicle. If you have an alarm, activate it. Clear out the car. Lock up and do not leave windows partially open to ‘vent’ the car. Bring that garage door opener, set of spare keys, registration and insurance paperwork with you and keep those on your person (in a pocket, fanny pack, back pack, etc.). You have to have the registration and insurance in the vehicle when you are driving, but these are targeted items for burglars and lead to other crimes when stolen from parked vehicles. Remember to bring the garage door opener with you – – that is essentially a ‘key’ to the biggest door to your home. Have fun and relax knowing you have done what was in your power to control your environment and secure your property.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – Albuquerque Police Department, Foothills Area Command