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Property crime predictors / Property Crime in the Foothills / Fox Ridge Apt Community & Crime Free program

Property Crime Predictors:  I am seeing just a slight change in our locations for auto burglaries over the past 24 hours from concentrations in our residential areas on grid-pattern streets a block of two off of major traffic arterial routes to commercial and apartment complex parking lots.  Yesterday we had two incidents of auto burglaries in the Juan Tabo/Montgomery area in a parking lot with limited sight lines (few potential witnesses due to being tucked away out of sight).  I also saw a little shift from the residential areas to apartment complex parking lots — these have traditionally been target-rich environments (lots of cars in one spot).  Five of eight auto burglaries reported in the Foothills Area Command yesterday were at commercial or apartment parking lots — so this does indicate auto burglaries are not occurring in the single-family residential areas anymore?  No!  I just noticed a slight shift in patterns that I’d like you to be aware of so you can harden those targets.  Of those eight auto burglaries reported yesterday, three of eight were also attempts to steal the vehicle.

What was stolen from parked cars in our Area Command yesterday?  License plate, wallet, checkbook, power tools, gym bag, stereo, golf clubs and a laptop. 

With school sports starting up and nicer weather for using trails and parks and sports fields, we could see sporting equipment stolen from unattended vehicles — I’ve already seen quite a haul of baseball sporting goods taken from vehicles.  Lock up and park where you can keep an eye on the vehicle.  Don’t leave anything in sight to tempt an auto burglar.

Fox Ridge apartment community:  I just want to say ‘thank you’ to the Saranam and T&C Management group for having me come and train residents on crime prevention.  You are doing great work in the community and I thoroughly enjoyed the residents and management team.  Thanks for serving as eyes and ears for your neighborhood and continuing on as a Crime Free Multi-Housing partnership property with the Albuquerque Police Department. 

The Crime Free Multi-Housing program is a partnership program for rental communities to join with the Albuquerque Police Department to work towards reducing criminal activity on rental properties.  The next free, one day training workshop for rental community management teams/owners is coming up — if you would like to attend to learn concepts and principles of the Crime Free program and find out if it’s a fit for your rental community, contact me at 323-4644 or by email at  I am collecting names to submit to the APD Crime Free class coordinator for the next class on Thursday, October 13thplease get your contact information to me by Monday, August 29th in you would like an invitation letter to the class.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, August 23rd:

1 Robbery at a Business:  12600-block of Central NE.

3 Stolen Vehicles:  400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 13100-block of Camino Del Norte NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  12200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE and 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

8 Auto Burglaries:  200-block of Figueroa SE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd, 12400-block of Conejo NE, 900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3700-block of Tracy St NE, 10400-block of Lagrima De Oro NE, and two vehicles at the same address on the 4500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

Today is National Waffle Day — go for it and have a waffle.  Or two.  Or three.  With maple syrup.  Tons of butter.  We only go around once in this life! 

Be safe,

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