Guns in Hands of Criminals: So far this month (as of Sunday, 9/18/16), criminals have stolen 7 unsecured guns from citizens in the Foothills Area Command. Six of the seven have been stolen from unattended, parked vehicles and one during a residential burglary in the Foothills Area Command. Folks, gun owners are inadvertently arming a criminal population who remain undeterred to commit a felony crimes. I am asking each and every one of our gun owners to please properly secure your guns. Never leave a gun in a parked vehicle. Use a gun safe and proper precautions when you bring your guns inside your home. I pray that the 7 guns stolen in 18 days in this Area Command will not be used on innocent citizens or the police officers who are working so hard to keep the community safer. Gun ownership is one of the our fundamental rights in this great nation, but along with gun ownership rights come responsibilities.
Day 22 of the Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge: Incident Involving an Open Garage Door and CAUTION — Our first incident of a burglary in the Foothills Area Command with entry via an open garage door happened Tuesday the 13th of September on the 11300-block of Oceola SE. The caller gave chase to two offenders and one fired shots from a 45 caliber gun putting the entire community at risk. A bullet could have killed anyone passing by: with an elementary school, a park, a community center, several large apartment and mobile home park dwellings, multiple businesses, many homes and heavily traveled major streets in this area, a staggering number of people were put at risk. Bullets travel a minimum of 850 feet per second: Do NOT chase or confront criminals. Call 911 from a place where you are safe if you are in a similar situation. Let those who are trained to apprehend criminals respond and get the bad guys. Lives, whether our own or someone innocently in the area, are not worth our “stuff.”
We also had a report of a garage door opener stolen during an auto burglary over the last week. Remember to bring in garage door openers when you park your vehicle. The garage door opener is the key to the biggest door to your home.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command over the Weekend (Friday – Saturday – Sunday, 9/16-17-18).
1 Robbery to a Business: 11500-block of Lomas Blvd NE.
11 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 500-block of Dorado SE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE,1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 10400-block of Sierra Bonita NE, 6000-block of Purple Aster NE, 12000-block of Baja Dr NE, 5900-block of Tierra Antigua NE, 5300-block of Vista Del Cerro NE.
3 Commercial Burglaries: 2500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12500-block of Menaul NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 1200-block of Mary Ellen NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE, 6000-block of Purple Aster NE.
17 Auto Burglaries: 1600-block of Innovation Parkway SE, 13000-block of Central NE, 12800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 11500-block of Haines NE, 3500-block of Inca NE, 100-block of Lakeshore Dr NE, multiple vehicles but no specific numbers of vehicles at 1800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12800-block of Alice NE, 2500-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 11400-block of Key West NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 5500-block of Carmelita NE, 12400-block of Hardin NE.
I hope your week is off to a good start and you will spread the word to neighbors about the Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge to keep your garage door closed and to alert a neighbor if you see their garage door open to prevent that neighbor and the block from becoming a target for criminal activity. If you own a firearm, take proper precautions to secure that firearm.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command