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Take the Pledge Block Captains! 30-Day Pledge + Property Crime over the Weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun)

Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command over the weekend (Fri/SatSun)

Stolen Vehicles:  11 on the 200-block of Westerns Skies SE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 200-block of Panorama Loop NE, 400-block of Paisano NE, 13400-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 9800-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 1000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10200-block of Lexington NE, 11900-block of Morrow NE, 13400-block of Desert Hills Pl NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 4700-block of Sarasota St NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 12900-block of Indian School Rd NE.

8 Residential Burglaries: 12800-block of Dorado SE, 2700-block of Palo Alto NE, 3 dwelling storage units at the same address on the 12100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 3700-block of Camino Capistrano NE, 10300-block of Karen Ave NE, 11900-block of Summertree Place NE.  Burglars got in via doors and windows; some forced open/pried, some left unlocked.

7 Auto Burglaries (2 were also attempts to steal the vehicles): 10500-block of Copper NE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 600-block of Gretta NE, 12900-block of Central NE, 1100-block of Mary Ellen NE, 10500-block of San Marino NE, 4200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Three of seven were smash & grabs; four of seven?  Left the vehicle unlocked or with a window open (unforced entries). Items stolen over the weekend:  cash left in center console, purses, multiple IDs, Social Security card, credit cards, vehicle registration/insurance papers, a checkbook, various cables and two of the seven auto burglaries involved ignition or steering column damage (counts as an attempt to steal the vehicle for our stats).

Tips/Trends:  A shotgun and a knife were stolen this weekend during a residential burglary and an auto theft.  Please secure your weapons! 

Open garage doors continue to invite burglars and thieves into citizen’s homes.  Over the weekend one garage door left opened netted criminals at one home a vehicle (stolen), rummaged through the other vehicle at the home (auto burglary since they broke the plane of entry to the vehicle) and the offender(s) entered the home (residential burglary) via the garage to steal a purse (potential for far more serious crimes being committed). This is chilling to me — when I think of what COULD have happened to those occupants it is frightening.  Please lock up that door from the garage to the house, close the garage door and be a good neighbor and alert someone on your block if you notice they have forgotten to close their garage door.

Take the Pledge!  Calling all Foothills Neighborhood Watch Block Captains!  Neighborhood Watch Block Captains:  Can we make a group pledge together that for the next month our Neighborhood Watch group members will pledge to alert a neighbor on the block if they have left the garage door open.  Please refer them to today’s post (and past posts too) about me yammering on about the dangers of inviting criminals into your home to steal your vehicles, burglarize your cars, take what’s in the garage and burglarize the home stemming from the simple act of not closing the garage door.  Most doors from the garage to the home have deadbolt locks — start using them and locking this door.  If you are afraid of locking yourself out, hide a key if you have to — convenience is not worth a life.

Thirty Day Pledge about Neighbors Looking Out For Neighbors:  Day 1:  August 29th – Day 30:  September 27

I commit as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain to ask my block watch members to take this pledge: 

I will, for the next 30 days, be willing to contact a neighbor on my block if I see that they have left their garage door open.  I am taking a pro-active stand as a caring and concerned neighbor to prevent auto theft, residential burglary, auto burglary and the potential for person-on-person violent crime/home invasion by taking a minute or two to alert a neighbor about their open garage door.

Please let me know how it goes with the 30-Day Garage Door Pledge on your block — there is a community conversation area on this web site where we call all hop on board and share. I will send all of my Foothills Area Command Neighborhood Watch Block Captains an email as well — I do not want to see one more person victimized by this preventable type of criminal activity.  Let’s do this, people!  Coincidentally, the 30-Day Garage Door Pledge wraps up the day before National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th.  Let’s all be good neighbors and do the Pledge.

Stay safe, have a great week ahead —

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