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Coffee with a Cop / Ntl Crime Prvtn Month Tip of the Day / Property Crime on Tuesday

Coffee with a Cop / Cops for Kidz event: APD is inviting the public to have a cup of coffee and Frito pie with officers.  The Frito pie is available for cash donations to help fund this year’s Cops for Kidz holiday event.  Cops for Kidz is in December and police accompany children to purchase clothing and other items, have a bite to eat and a little fun.  Last year APD sponsored 100 underprivileged children at Cops for Kidz day.  APD’s goal this year is to raise $4,000 for 2016’s Cops for Kidz.  Everyone is invited to share coffee, fellowship and food and to get to know your local police officers.  

Date:  Friday, October 7th

Time:  10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location:  Albuquerque Police Department Academy, 5412 2nd Street NW (behind APD Valley Area Command Substation)

Everyone is welcome to attend!

National Crime Prevention Month Tip of the Day:  Front porch lights should be turned on each night.  Criminals don’t like to be seen!

Property Crime on Tuesday, October 4th in the Foothills Area Command

1 Robbery at a Residence (Home Invasion):  10500-block of City Lights Drive NE.

1 Stolen Vehicle: 300-block of Western Skies SE.

4 Residential Burglaries: 12800-block of Dorado SE, 500-block of Nathan St SE, 900-block of Morris St NE, 3500-block of Mountainside Parkway NE.  Entries made by removing screens and pushing windows off track.  Others were to a shed, a home vacant for several months and one was unknown at time of research.  Stolen?  A motorcycle engine, mirrors, sink, lighting fixtures, smoke alarms.  Shed was broken into as a place to apparently to use alcohol and drugs.  I recommend keeping sheds and storage containers locked at all times — these are not always targeted for yard equipment and similar items, but are great hiding places for those needing a place to stay, to do drugs, or to hide.  Your family’s safety could be compromised by not keeping these types of structures locked.  We also need extra eyes on the block on homes that are vacant.  Homeowners need to reach out to surrounding neighbors to provide their emergency contact numbers for a neighbor to call if something doesn’t seem right at the vacant property.  Home owners also need to frequently check up on their properties.  Call 242-COPS if you see suspicious behavior at home on the block that should be vacant – our officers will be dispatched if the call is made.  Call from a safe place and do not chase or confront anyone.

2 Auto Burglaries:  Copper & Supper Rock, 10500-block of Chapala NE.  Entries made by prying a lock and one entry was undetermined at time of research.  Stolen?  A wallet left in an unattended vehicle, an attempt to steal a stereo was also made by an auto burglar.  I continue to see vehicles targeted at parking areas near popular walking and cycling trails.   I recommend carrying as little in the vehicle as possible and only bringing what is needed for your errand/destination.  For runners and cyclists and walkers enjoying the trails, I recommend carrying wallets and vehicles registration/insurance paperwork with you and not hiding these items in parked vehicles.  These incidents should decline as the weather gets colder.

Stay safe and I hope many readers will be able to attend the Coffee with Cop/Frito Pie event on Friday,

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