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Crime Prevention Month: Tip of the Day / Celebration of Service Day Coming Up / Workshop Wed Thank You / Property Crime

Celebration of Service Day to Honor APD Fallen Officer Daniel Webster:  Food trucks, Honor Guard, balloon release, music and donations accepted for NM Dog and Paws and Stripes.  Please bring dog toys, treats, food or pet store gift cards to donate.  Event is Friday, October 21st from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on Civic Plaza.  Questions?  Contact the Citizens Call Center by dialing ‘311.’

October is National Crime Prevention Month — Here is your Crime Prevention Tip of the Day: Never leave your garage door opener in your vehicle.  Thanks to the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) for the various tips.  My tip to you:  think of your garage door opener as the biggest door to your home; leaving a garage door opener in a parked vehicle is like leaving the house keys in the vehicle.  If stolen, an auto burglar now has access to your home using “the key (garage door opener).”

A big “Thank You” to Mr. Reed, my special guest speaker, at the October “Workshop Wednesday at the Foothills” on Crime Prevention for the Home and to Ms. Butts for volunteering to man the sign in table and help clear the room last week after the workshop.  Thanks to everyone who attended — I’ll be posting the “Top Tips” and “Favorite Gadgets” list from the workshop soon.

Property Crime in the Foothills from Wed. 10/12 to Sun. 10/16

1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual: 12900-block of Indian School Rd NE.

18 Stolen Vehicles:  13000-block of Central NE, 12500-block of Domingo Ave NE, 12900-block of Constitution NE, 13100-block of Central NE, 200-block of Tramway Blvd SE, 12500-block of Turquoise Trl NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 11100-block of Claremont NE, 3100-block of Jane Place NE, 10800-block of Comanche Rd NE, 1700-block of Blume St NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 13300-block of Mountain NE, 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

10 Residential Burglaries:  11100-block of Gibson SE, 13800-block of Waterlilly Ct NE, 900-block of Pawnee NE, 11400-block of Lexington NE, 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 13200-block of Sunset Canyon NE, 5900-block of Tierra Angtigua NE, 11100-block of Gibson SE, 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 4000-block of Tara Drive NE.  Entries made via: breaking doors, damaging wrought iron, removing screens and entering via windows and unforced entries.  Items stolen: electronics, jewelry, laptop next to a window (reached in the window to steal), $1,000 watch, tools, garage door opener, keys, iPads, X Boxes, Play Stations, cash.  Trend seen over the prior week:  Vacant homes/temporarily unoccupied homes.  We need neighbors’ eyes and ears on the block to keep extra watch over homes on the block that are not occupied, whether for short term or many months.  Vacant homes are being targeted and if neighbors are provided basic information and contact numbers for the home owner, they can be valuable eyes and ears for absent owners.

25 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank SE, 500-block of Grace St NE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11600-block of Grande NE, 10800-block of Comanche Rd NE, 11200-block of Ralph NE, 11500-block of Tomasita NE, 11500-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 2000-block of Dorothy NE, 1800-block of Christine NE, 12600-block of Loyola NE, 300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 13100-block of Calle Azul SE, 200-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 10000-block of Candelaria NE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1900-block of Chandelle Loop NE, 12200-block of Candelaria NE, 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 13400-block of Cedarbrook NE, 12200-block of Palm Springs NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4600-block of Noreen Ct NE.  Entries made via:  Accessing unlocked vehicles, reaching through windows left open, opening doors with broken locks that were never repaired, breaking windows, popping locks, pushing open windows down into the door frame, cutting open a convertible’s roof.  Items stolen:  a 45-caliber semi-automatic gun, two loaded 40-caliber semi-automatic guns, various amounts of unspecified cash, $1,000 cash, a check, an appointment book, multiple cell phones, an iPad, keys to the victim’s storage unit, a jacket, a toothbrush, two cases involving groceries stolen from vehicles, work-issued computer with financial information, multiple vehicle registrations and insurance documents and vehicle manuals, multiple purses, a vehicle title, a phone charging kit, 2 e-cigs and e-cig battery,  a MacBook, house keys, several IDs, a Social Security card, a birth certificate.  What to be aware of:  females loading groceries into vehicles and leaving purses and groceries in the unlocked vehicles while returning the grocery cart to the cart corral and returning to find the vehicle was burglarized.  Again, the number of guns being stolen from parked vehicles is scary — if you own a gun, please take a moment to properly secure it.  The entire community is put at risk when unsecured guns are stolen from vehicles.

I hope your week is off to a good start.  Be safe,

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