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National Dog Day & Dog Walkers: Eyes on the Block! Property Crimes 08/25/16. Trends and Tips.

Today is National Dog Day.  I don’t know how I’d get through life without my furry, funny friend Buster.  This led me to post a reminder to our Foothills Area Command dog walkers in the neighborhoods:  you are extra eyes and ears on the block.  You are out walking the area at least twice a day, you know what is ‘normal’ behavior for your block and you can tell when things are suspicious due to your familiarity and ‘sidewalk view’ of the neighborhood.  If you walk your neighborhood’s park you can be a good neighbor by reporting any graffiti, overflowing trash bins, large items dumped, doggie bag dispensers that need refilled, etc. to the Citizens Contact Center by dialing 311 or using their mobile app.  If you are anything like me, you recognize your fellow neighbors and their dogs and have probably stopped to chat while on your walk.  These are all great ways to build ownership of a neighborhood and connect with one another.  The more people we have in our communities (and apartment communities with their dog walking areas too) taking ownership and connecting with one another, the better off we will be in general.

If you want to report problems regarding dogs (barking, etc.) please call the Citizens Contact Center by dialing 311.  If you think a furry friend would be a great addition to your home or family, don’t forget about our adoption services at the East Side Animal Shelter on Lomas between Eubank and Wyoming.  The City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department goes to great lengths to match you up with the right dog for your family situation and offer free training services too once an adoption is completed.  Happy National Dog Day — I’ll be giving my companion animal an extra treat and extra play time today to celebrate.

Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, 08/25/16

3 Stolen Vehicles:  13300-block of Camino Del Norte NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 3100-block of Jane Place NE.

2 Residential Burglaries: 1700-block of Man ‘O War St SE, 3700-block of Danube Dr NE.

2 Auto Burglaries: 1100-block of Mary Ellen Dr NE, 12500-block of Comanche Road NE.

Trends and Tips:  Our residential burglaries that were reported yesterday show entries via breaking a back window of the home and the other one is unknown/unspecified. 

Our auto burglaries involved one ‘smash & grab’ and one entry damaging a door.  What was so tempting for yesterday’s auto burglars?  Jewelry, purses, wallets, IDs, government IDs, credit cards all left inside unattended vehicles.  Change a habit and and reduce your odds of being a victim — remove ALL articles of value from your vehicle.  Going to the gym?  Use the gym locker.  Visiting a friend?  Bring your purse with you from the car.

Regarding the stolen vehicles reported yesterday, I know how infuriating it must be to see some creep in the act of stealing your vehicle, but please do not chase and attempt to hang on to the vehicleYour life is not worth losing over property that is replaceable.  If you are a victim and witnessing the crime, please get to a safe place to get help through 911 and do not risk life and limb.  We want you to be safe.

Here’s hoping you have a great and safe weekend,

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