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Another Gun Stolen…Door to Door Soliciting — They’re Baaaack!…Property Crime over the Weekend

Another gun stolen — We had the third gun stolen in the Foothills month-to-date on Saturday (11/4/16).  The gun was left inside a vehicle that was stolen in the Mirabella/Mira Vista community.  A person who was not afraid to steal a vehicle is now armed with a citizen’s gun.  Please secure your firearms!  Either keep the weapon on your person when you park at your home or look into the variety of models available for securing a gun inside a vehicle.   This is becoming an officer safety and community safety issue.

The Foothills Substation (12800 Lomas Blvd NE) has free trigger locks and an accompanying brochure for the community in the lobby.  Pick up your trigger lock and take an informational brochure form the lobby table Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. 

They’re Baaaack….I’ve had two reports of door to door solicitors with slick lines about helping deployed military with ‘care boxes’ in the Foothills Area Command from two of my Neighborhood Watch Block Captains.  KOAT Channel 7 news reporter Kirsten Swanson did a good story on this occurring in Rio Rancho over the weekend. The story is at news with the title “Rio Rancho Police Warn of Suspicious Solicitors” — check it out!

My recommended response to this type of activity is: 1) post a No Solicitors sign, 2) respond through your locked door that you are not interested and to respect your No Solicitors sign, 3) if the person is aggressive or refusing to leave or demanding you open the door call 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place and provide the APD operator the best description possible, 4) teach the rest of the family how you want them to respond if a stranger is at the door who was not expected or first ‘cleared’ by a responsible adult at home.

I have placed a large stack of free No Solicitors signs and the companion brochure on Door to Door Soliciting in our lobby (12800 Lomas Blvd NE).  You are welcome to come by and pick up a sign and a brochure for your home or your neighbor’s home. 

I expect more of this activity as the holidays approach and appeals for donations increase, some on the up and up and some that are outright scams.  Do your homework, take the time to research charitable organizations and don’t feel you have to hand over money under ‘act now’ or other pressure tactics.  If your community has No Trespassing signage (or your home), those signs should be respected and the person politely asked to leave.  If you have private courtesy patrols, be sure and let them know solicitors are operating on your block.  If you are a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, let the rest of the block know so that they are aware.  As always, feel free to call 242-COPS and an officer will be dispatched to check the area.


Property Crime in the Foothills over the Weekend (Friday/Saturday/Sunday)

3 Armed Robberies to Businesses:  13100-block of Central NE, 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE,  and on the 12000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

1 Robbery of an Individual: 100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd.

9 Stolen Vehicles:  700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 11100-block of Kaibob Rd SE, 12800-block of Dorado SE, 200-block of Figueroa SE, 600-block of Fawn Trail SE, 400-block of Monte Alto NE, 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 10500-block of Aspen NE, 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  One of the vehicles nine stolen vehicles had a pistol inside at the time of theft. Secure your firearms properly.

4 Commercial Burglaries: 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 12900-block of Central NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 3000-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

6 Residential Burglaries:  12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 10400-block of San Jacinto NE, 11100-block of Love NE, 13600-block of Indian School Rd NE, 12100-block of Summer NE, 10000-block of Karen Dr NE.

13 Auto Burglaries: 800-block of Tony Sanchez SE, 14200-block of Sedrev Rd NE, 13400-block of Panorama Loop NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 400-block of Zena Lona NE, 400-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 2400-block of Algodones NE, 2800-block of Nakomis NE, two vehicles at Embudo Park (13400-block of Menaul), 10700-block of Cielito Lindo NE, 10500-block of Academy Rd NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.

Methods of entry to burglarize vehicles:  unforced entries (left unlocked), damaging door locks, breaking windows.

Articles stolen from parked vehicles over the weekend:  interlock device, vehicle registration/insurance and registration sticker, power tools, electrician tools, 2 purses, 2 back packs, wallet, multiple drivers’ licenses, multiple credit cards, multiple Social Security cards, cash, gift card, tool set, and one ignition tampered with indicating an attempt to steal the vehicle.  

Have a great start to your week — and what a week we have ahead of us!  Election day, Veterans Day and even a holiday tree lighting on Saturday.  Be safe everyone, and thanks for all you are doing to support our police officers and your communities by practicing crime prevention and controlling your environments with ‘target hardening.’

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