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Day 29: Garage Door Pledge / National Situational Awareness Day / Weekend Property Crime

Day 29:  Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge:  We continue to hold steady!  No more reported auto burglaries, auto thefts or residential burglaries over the weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) with entries made via garage doors left open.  The past cases I was researching were so alarming to me that had noted subjects being inside vehicles in open garages and in some instances, inside homes via garage doors left open, to steal keys or purses left near the door from the garage into the home.  I was so concerned about a tragic encounter between victim and offender(s) and I believe the 30-Day Garage Door Pledge helped remind people about keeping garage doors closed and being good neighbors and alerting someone on the block if they left their garage door open.  One more day left — I hope we finish strong and that the 30-Day Garage Door Pledge built awareness in the community about this issue.

Today is National Situational Awareness Day (observed annually on September 26th).  Situational Awareness is the foundation of personal safety.  Situational Awareness is focusing on being aware and paying attention to what is going on around you in your immediate environment.  We could phrase it as ‘mindfulness’ or ‘being present.’  Practice Situational Awareness and you will greatly reduce your odds of being a victim of a criminal.

Property Crimes over the Weekend in the Foothills Area Command

1 Robbery to an Individual:  500-block of De Soto St SE:  happened 2 weeks ago, but reported it on Friday.

8 Stolen Vehicles:  Two vehicles at the same address on the 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1200-block of Sea Biscuit SE, 14200-block of Copper NE, 800-block of Shirley St NE, 2900-block of Maxine St NE, Chelwood Park & Candelaria, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE, 5200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries: 200-block of Western Skies SE, 3200-block of Morris NE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 12000-block of Skyline Rd, 12900-block of Central NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12200-block of Menaul Blvd NE.  By my count, 75% of these were preventable by merely locking up homes.  Entries made via broken doors that had not been repaired, by those invited to the home, by not locking doors or windows.

11 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of De Soto St SE, 10200-block of Tony Sanchez SE, 1100-block of Sagebrush Trl SE, 12800-block of Central NE, 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, 11000-block of Briarwood Terrace NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 4800-block of Manitoba Ct NE, 1900-block of Page Place NE, 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.  By my count, almost 50% of these crimes were preventable by merely locking up vehicles and not leaving high dollar items inside unattended vehicles.  What did criminals steal over the weekend from parked vehicles?  Multiple sets of tools, IDs, a purse left on the front seat, shoes, a  wallet and multiple IDs and Social Security cards all left inside one parked vehicle were stolen.

National Situational Awareness Day — I would like to read your feedback via this web site if you have a favorite way to practice situational awareness or particular things that you watch for while practicing situational awareness.  As for me, I like to scan the general area and will even drive around the parking lot just to check what’s going on before I commit to a parking space.  For me, my car is my fortress and a line of defense, and I don’t exit until I feel comfortable.

Have a great week ahead and stay safe,

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