It’s Day 16 of our Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge: so far, so good — I haven’t seen any police reports since the Pledge started with entries made into homes via garage doors left open.
So how are burglars getting into homes? Our residential burglaries over the weekend show those entries were made via rear bedroom windows left unlocked, rear sliding glass door left unlocked, prying open a back sliding glass door and through an unlocked window. Looks like 3 of 4 of the residential burglaries could have been prevented by merely locking up the home. There are items on the market that can fortify windows and sliding glass doors — I recommend checking out the variety available and finding something that suits your home and situation. Imagine 3 fewer traumatized victims, police freed up from responding to 3 residential burglary calls for service just by merely locking up your windows or sliding glass doors.
Property Crimes in the Foothills on Friday 09/09, Saturday 09/10 and Sunday 09/11
1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 1500-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Car Jacking: Juan Tabo & Grand NE.
17 Stolen Vehicles (and 7 additional attempts to steal vehicles during auto burglaries): Central & Tramway, 12900-block of Skyview NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 2600-block of Muriel NE, 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 12700-block of Rover NE, 12500-block of Sierra Grande NE, 12200-block of Towner NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE, 11700-block of Comanche Rd NE, 11300-block of Brussels NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12700-block of Academy Rd NE.
Words of Caution: We cannot afford to leave the vehicle running with keys inside to look at Red Box movie selections! We had a vehicle stolen in this manner over the weekend. When you get out of your vehicle, you really need to take the time to turn off the engine, remove the keys and lock the doors. Auto thefts are crimes of opportunity, and this was a golden opportunity with low risk for the auto thief who watched, waited and pounced. Thank goodness there was not a child in the backseat or a family pet. Think think think when you make those ‘quick stops.’ A simple change of habits is needed.
We had a second vehicle stolen this weekend with the engine left running and left unlocked while the owner wandered away. The logic was that keys were not in the vehicle that was left running and unattended, and when the engine gets shut off, the vehicle won’t start again. Why chance an auto theft and run in with a person committing a felony crime? Just turn the engine off, take the keys and lock the vehicle. Simple as that.
Our auto related property crimes are hitting our department hard — city wide — APD needs the public’s help. If you can lock up, not leave keys in the vehicle, not leave the vehicle running can help chip away at this type of criminal activity. We need your help and we can’t do this alone — we are responders and the property owner can deploy simple steps to prevent being victimized. Help us so we can be more efficient in the field in our efforts to help you.
4 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Monte Alto NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 3800-block of Tracy NE, 12300-block of Tamarac NE.
16 Auto Burglaries: 300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 500-block of Elizabeth SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 300-block of Western Skies SE, 200-block of Serenity Court SE, 12700-block of Cloudview NE, 13400-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 13300-block of Panorama Loop NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 14200-block of Copper NE, 3100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 13000-block of Constitution NE, 13100-block of Constitution NE, 4000-block of Tara Rd NE, Elena Gallegos Parking Lot.
Items left inside unattended vehicles that were stolen this weekend: Buck knife, handcuffs, back pack, battery pack for iPhone, hats, inhaler, clothing, sunglasses, tire tools, LED flashlight all from one unlocked vehicle at popular big-box membership store. Book bags, clothing, wallet, multiple IDs, Social Security cards, credit cards, medical kit, baseball equipment. 3 bags of gym and work clothing. Multiple personal documents with personal information. Vehicle registration and insurance papers and other documents with personal information. More vehicle registration/insurance papers, documents with personal information and pay stubs. A wallet and multiple IDs. A purse, wallet, multiple IDs, credit cards, and $1,000 of charges racked up shortly after the auto burglary using the stolen credit card. Identity theft takes an average of two years of work on the victim’s part to rectify and takes the number of hours that would equal having a second full-time job to clear up — why risk it by leaving credit cards, IDs and banking items in a car and walking away? Keep those things with you at all times in a pocket, wristlet, pouch that hooks on a belt loop, travel pouch, or small back pack rather than inside the vehicle.
Start off the week with a To Do List Item to clear out the car and think of alternative ways to carry IDs, etc. with you —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command