October is National Crime Prevention Month: Here’s your tip of the day in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month: Ask for a store escort to your vehicle when exiting the grocery store or a security guard to watch you or walk with you to your vehicle when leaving the shopping mall. Thank you to the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) for some of the tips I have been sharing this month.
Trends: I am seeing so many articles left inside of parked vehicles and the areas being targeted are pretty much all over the map in our Area Command. Single family residential neighborhoods to some extent, but many ‘target rich environments’ are getting hit and hit hard. The super-store parking lots with big-box retail business, the apartment complexes with many vehicles in one location and vast parking lots and also at areas with large-scale events (sports fields). I did see a reduction of the auto burglary activity being reported at the trail head parking areas over the weekend, which is good news. This type of activity is a crime of opportunity: you combine the opportunity (no potential witnesses, criminal feels low risk is worth the reward) + the motivated criminal + a weaker target (items left visible inside the car, not locked, no alarm, etc.) = auto theft or auto burglary occurs.
Property Crime over the Weekend in the Foothills Area Command
3 Robberies to a Business: 1100-block of Juan Tabo, 1500-block of Eubank, 11000-block of Montgomery.,
2 Robberies to Individuals: 12900-block of Central, 11500-block of Jeanne Bellamah Community Center.
1 Home Invasion/Robbery at a Residence: 100-block of Hotel Circle.
10 Stolen Vehicles: 400-block of Eubank, 500-block of Elizabeth SE, 10400-block of Central, 13300-block of Central, 13000-block of Central, 10700-block of Constitution, 1100-block of Algodones, 12200-block of Casa Grande NE, 900-block of Juan Tabo, 11800-block of Lomas.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 11200-block of Menaul, 2100-block of Juan Tabo.
4 Residential Burglaries: Two at different addresses on the 11100-block of Gibson SE, 12000-block of Skyline, 100-block of Hotel Circle. Entries made by removing screens and opening windows, one not listed at time of research and one was unforced entry.
13 Auto Burglaries: 12500-block of Comanche, 1300-block of Nakomis, 13100-block of Constitution, 12000-block of Skyline, four vehicles at the same address on the 200-block of Figueroa, 4400-block of Morris, 12400-block of Hardin Court NE, 11500-block of Montgomery, 12000-block of Zia Rd, 10000-block of Menaul. Entries were via breaking windows to steal items left inside the vehicles and unlocked vehicles with items left inside. Items stolen? Purse and IDs. Laptop and coin collection. A screen. Miscellaneous paperwork, vehicle registration and insurance, wallet, cash, jewelry, 2 jackets, a purse and contents, mail, a cell phone, a cell phone charger and adapter. Stereos. A back pack and a laptop. A back pack, text books, school notes and a scale. Two computers. Vehicle registration and insurance.
I hope your week is off to a good start — stay safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command