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Day 12 / Workshops are Full (Sept & Oct) / Scammer Story / Property Crime & Trends

Day 12 of the Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge: So far, so good — holding steady with 0 residential burglaries, auto thefts, auto burglaries reported in the Foothills Area Command through yesterday with entries made via garage doors left open.

Workshop Wednesdays for September 28th and October 12th are FULL.  I have a waiting list for each Workshop Wednesday and will be doing reminders the weeks of the workshops to move anyone off the waiting list due to RSVP cancellations.  Thank you for the robust support for the “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” series. 

Scammer story: I had a Foothills citizen relay a story to me of a caller contacting her at home and claiming to be with a legitimate internet provider company and asking her to log into a strange website so he could work on re-registering her router.  The caller said there was a blinking light on his end indicating her router needed re-registered with him.  Despite her several attempts to confirm this caller’s identity and exactly where he worked, she was told if she would just log onto the website he was providing to her that at that point it would prove who he was and a legitimate caller.  Our citizen contacted her internet services provider and they confirmed that they will not have employees calling customers over the phone with technical requests — that customers call the provider if they need technical assistance.  Great job, CE for the way you handled this caller!  Remember, almost all the scams out there being perpetrated on the public start with the scammer contacting the potential victim.  You can always hang up, call your legitimate service provider and verify, as CE did. 

Property Crime on Thursday, September 9th

1 Robbery at a Business:  700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual:  200-block of Figueroa SE.

4 Stolen Vehicles:  1600-block of Soplo Rd SE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 1100-block of Hupmobile NE, 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries:  700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 600-block of Autumnwood Place SE, 10200-block of Betts Dr NE.

8 Auto Burglaries:  200-block of Eubank Blvd, 1800-block of Smarty Jones SE, 200-block of Figueroa SE, 1100-block of Lawrence Dr NE, 10500-block of Lexington Ave NE, 10300-block of Apache Ave NE, 12300-block of Mountain Road NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE.

Trends:  Of the eight auto burglaries reported yesterday in the Foothills Area Command, half were attempts to steal the vehicles.  I am seeing a trend of not only stealing items left behind in parked vehicles, but steering column and ignition damage indicating attempts were made to steal the vehicle.  If you have a garage, park your vehicle inside.  If you must park in the driveway or at an apartment complex without a garage, try to invest in anti-theft devices and park in well-lit areas and in sight of potential witnesses who could call 911 if they saw a crime in progress.  Some anti-theft devices are low-tech (locking up, brake locks, ignition kill-switches, etc.) and some are more high-tech.  There are many anti-theft devices on the market at all price points — do a search on-line or take a trip to a few retailers to see what’s out there that fits your needs.

Have a safe weekend, and thanks for the robust support of the “Workshop Wednesdays at the Foothills.”

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