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Special Birthday Shout Out / Hoover Middle School Turns 50! / Tip of the Day / 1st “warm up” of the season / Property Crime

The APD Foothills Area Command team sends a special happy birthday shout out to 5 yr old Kaden!

Hoover Middle School turns 50!  Yes, Hoover Middle School is celebrating a 50th anniversary.  Tonight is the Hoover Fall Festival at 12015 Tivoli NE from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for the community to come by and celebrate and meet faculty, students and families.

October is Crime Prevention Month!  Here’s your crime prevention tip of the day — Earlier this month was National LED Light Day.  Lighting is so important for sending the correct visual message from your property.  Is your light dingy or dull?  Do the colors ‘read’ correctly?  Are the bulbs broken and need to be replaced?  How about the light covers?  It’s a good time to wash them and clean out dirt and debris.  According to the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP), cleaning your light covers once every five years can improve your lighting output by 50%!  Criminals like to avoid well lit areas where the risk of being seen and reported to police is higher.  Check your home or business when it gets dark and assess if you need to improve your lighting scheme.  

First “Warm Up” Auto Theft for the Season Reported in the Foothills Area Command:  Unfortunately, we had our first ‘warm up’ auto theft of the fall season yesterday in the Foothills Area Command.  A caller left a dog inside the running vehicle and went inside and when the caller returned the vehicle had been stolen.  No word on the dog — let’s all send some positive thoughts to the caller and for the safety and well-being of the dog that was in the vehicle at the time of the theft.  I have to tell you, folks — these are 100% preventable crimes and they are also 100% crimes of opportunity.  Lock up vehicles.  Never leave a vehicle running and walk away.   We will, sadly, see more of these as the weather gets colder — think twice and lock up and turn that car engine off.  It’s a better plan to just wear a sweater or coat until the heater kicks in or to sit in the car in a well-lit, well-traveled area until the vehicle warms up.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, October 20th:

1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Warm-Up Auto Theft: 300-block of Antelope Ct SE.  Three minutes elapsed from walking away to vehicle being stolen according to caller.

4 Stolen Vehicles: 600-block of Morris NE, 800-block of Ram Trail SE, 1600-block of Juan Tabo, 12400-block of Montgomery.

3 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Western Skies SE, 800-block of Marie Park St NE, 3100-block of Pitt St NE.  Two entries via windows, one unknown at time of research, one to a vacant home.  We need extra eyes and ears on the block to report suspicious people at vacant homes — call 242-COPS from a safe place to report to police.

4 Auto Burglaries: 100-block of Monte Largo NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo, 10800-block of Mahlon Ave NE, 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.  Entries via breaking windows and accessing trunks.  Cash, back pack, auto parts and a suitcase stolen during auto burglaries yesterday.

Be safe and have a great weekend!

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