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Officer Appreciation Day Update / Property Crime / Trends ‘n’ Tips / National Coffee Day — Pour me one please!

Officer Appreciation Day Update:
This year’s Officer Appreciation Day is honoring officers from the East Precinct:  Foothills Area Command, North East Area Command and South East Area Command.  The event is for the officers and their families and for our entire community.  There will be many activities and food at the event.

The response to the requests for volunteers has been fantastic!  Thanks to everyone who contacted me. 

The set up crew shift from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. is full. 

Now we need to fill the clean up shift and have volunteers during the event to make sure the activity stations, BBQ, etc. are all safe and running smoothly. 

Contact me at if you would like to help at the event for clean up or during the event and provide me your name, your phone number and your email.  Here are the details about how you can help make this a great event:

When:  Saturday, October 29th

Where:  Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE

Event Time:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and during the event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, September 28th

6 Stolen Vehicles:  12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 10900-block of Malaguena Ln NE, 5700-block of Burnhamwood Pl NE, 6500-block of Meadow Hills NE, two vehicles stolen from the same address on the 5400-block of Carruthers St NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  1100-block of Nakomis Dr NE, 6500-block of Meadow Hills NE.

9 Auto Burglaries: 11500-block of Terra Bonita SE, 300-block of Cuadro Se, 3400-block of Pitt NE, 13200-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 11400-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 4000-block of Big Sky Dr NE, 4100-block of Tara Dr NE, 10700-block of Academy Ridge Rd NE, 4500-block of Morris NE.

Trends and Tips:  One of our Wednesday property crime locations had multiple property crimes occur due to leaving a garage door open all night:  an auto theft,  residential burglary and stolen credit cards being used after the theft.  Remember:  we just wrapped up the Foothills 30-Day Garage Door Pledge September 27th and garage doors are being left open again and garage door openers are being stolen from vehicles.  If I could recommend just one thing to those with garages:  keep that door closed!  Be a good neighbor and alert a fellow neighbor if you see they have left their garage door open.  These are extremely troubling cases because they are 100% preventable crimes being committed when entry is via a garage door left open. 

Stolen from vehicles in 24 hours in the Foothills:  2 tablets, 2 back packs, vehicle registration.  A garage door opener.  An RV battery.  Two Michael Kors designer purses, a Juicy Couture designer watch, assorted jewelry, make up, 2 debit cards, 1 ATM card, WIC/government assistance card.  A purse, multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, vehicle registration and insurance papers.  A back pack, books.  A silver cross. Remove all articles of value and any items with personal information from your vehicle when you park.  Edit down what you have in your vehicle.  This was quite a haul for 24 hours of activity and 9 vehicles targeted.   Three of yesterday’s nine cases were unforced entries to vehicles; one was via a smashed window, one via shooting out the window with a pellet gun, the remainder undetermined at time of research.

National Coffee Day — Bach’s “Coffee Cantata” comes to mind…I can’t even imagine what life would be like without a cup of java.  I grew up near the Hills Brothers and Folgers Coffee Roasting plants and those scents combined with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, well — you can imagine how wonderful that was for a kid!  Whatever your brew may be, have a great day and be safe.

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