October is National Crime Prevention Month! Here is your Tip of the Day Operate lights on a timer inside the house when you are away. Timers should be installed on lights in family rooms and other areas of the home typically used each evening when the house is occupied. Using timers will not waste electricity and makes the home appear to be occupied. Thanks to the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) for the tip!
Trends I am seeing in property crime this week: Vacant/unoccupied homes are being targeted for burglary. The crime prevention tip listed above ties in to this trend. Let a trusted neighbor know the dates you will be gone and ask them to pick up mail, newspapers, check the porch for door-hanging advertisements or an unexpected package delivery. Neighbors are excellent extra eyes and ears on the block. Provide one or two with your cell phone number when you leave for a trip so you can be contacted in an emergency. For homes that are unoccupied for months at a time, it is even more important for the whole block to serve as extra eyes and ears. If neighbors do see any suspicious or criminal activity, call 242-COPS or 911 as appropriate from a safe place.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, October 17th
1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 1400-block of Eubank Blvd NE
3 Stolen Vehicles: 800-block of Buck Trail SE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 4500-block of Morris NE.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 13000-block of Central NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 1800-block of Mary Ellen NE.
5 Auto Burglaries: 10500-block of Copper Point Way, 13300-block of Central NE, 5400-block of Beebe NE, 10300-block of Oso Redondo NE, 10200-block of Casador Del Oso NE.
Stay safe and have a great week,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command