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Citizens Police Academy / Trends / Property Crime on Monday, 08/15/16 / Workshop

Citizens Police Academy is about to begin! The Citizens Police Academy is a tuition-free, twelve-week program designed to introduce community members to the Albuquerque Police Department.  There are 50 slots available.  The next Citizens Police Academy session starts August 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Albuquerque Police Academy at 5412 Second Street NW.  The Citizens Police Academy will run every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for twelve weeks starting August 30th. Questions:  Contact Citizens Police Academy Coordinator Officer Sharon Saavedra at (505) 343-5000 or ssaavedra@cabq.gov or see the City of Albuquerque web site Police pages.

Trends in Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command — I am continuing to see auto burglaries occurring either by ‘smash and grab’ or merely opening unlocked vehicle doors.  We had a ‘smash and grab” at the Spain/High Desert trail parking area on Monday to steal a purse left inside the vehicle.  With better weather approaching, more people will want to use the trails in the Foothills area — I must ask that you do not leave anything of value behind in your parked vehicle.  Yesterday’s auto burglaries netted the criminal element purses, wallets, IDs, credit cards, a garage door opener, owner’s manuals from multiple vehicles along with registration and insurance documents, a handicap placard and one vehicle broken into had ignition damage, indicating an attempt to steal the vehicle.  Please pare down what you drive around with and leave in a parked car.  Only carry the essentials, and carry your registration and insurance papers with you when you park. 

I am seeing unusual auto thefts this week in the Foothills:  although the numbers appear to be going down, the types of vehicles being stolen are out of the norm for our area:  golf carts and construction equipment.  I posted tips a week or two ago on preventing construction equipment/trailer thefts and offered to do security assessments for these sites.  When these types of vehicles are stolen, it can halt a project and bring things to a stop temporarily. 

I also saw a little activity with metal theft in our Area Command.  I need eyes on the block to also watch the vacant homes on the block — you may think vacant homes have nothing to steal.  However, there is wiring, cabinetry, tools, carpet, appliances, and I have even seen a report of an incident here in the Foothills Area Command where a large amount of tile was stolen from a vacant home a few years ago.  Businesses are victimized by metal theft too, and that impacts not only the business, but really our whole community with a wallop to our local economic engine.

What about residential burglaries?  One hundred percent of yesterday’s reported residential burglaries were unforced entries.  Your home is your castle!  Fortify it!  I can teach you how, but the best locks, doors, windows, etc. are worthless if the owner doesn’t simply lock up the castle.  Short of building a moat and installing a drawbridge, we have to protect the castle. 

Workshop Wednesday for September 28th is FULL (Homelessness, Panhandling and Crisis Outreach and Support).

Property Crimes on Monday, August 15th in the Foothills Area Command

1 Robbery to a Business: 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Stolen Vehicle: 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries:  10200-block of Blume St NE, 13400-block of Desert Hills Pl NE, 5000-block of Edwards Dr NE.

5 Auto Burglaries:  13400-block of Desert Hills Pl NE, 10600-block of Central NE, 10000-block of Los Arboles NE, 10300-block of San Luis Rey Place NE, Spain & High Desert parking area to access a trail.

Stay safe, have a good week and use the trends and tips to change old habits and start some new (crime prevention) ones!

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