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VIN Etching Event in the Foothills / Property Crime in the Foothills on Monday

The Foothills Area Command will have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching event on Saturday:  Saturday, November 19th at the AAA New Mexico parking lot at 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The VIN etching is done by the APD Auto Theft team and is free and only takes a few minutes.  Bring your vehicle and current vehicle registration and get the VIN number etched on the glass/windows of your vehicle.  This is an auto theft prevention method to deter stealing the vehicle and dismantling it for parts for resale.  Having the VIN number etched on your vehicle also helps officers identify the vehicle quickly if it is stolen and recovered by law enforcement.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, November 14th

3 Stolen Vehicles: 1000-block of Steamboat Street SE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11800-block of Indian School.

1 Commercial Burglary: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

3 Residential Burglaries: 800-block of Piedra Larga NE, 1400-block of Pinnacle View NE, 4000-block of Tracy St NE.  Entries were made by kicking in front doors, breaking into a side garage door and an unforced entry.

6 Auto Burglaries: 14100-block of La Cueva Ave NE, three vehicles at the same property on the 3600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4400-block of Morris NE.  At this point, five of six cases look like they were unforced entries with no damage noted to the vehicle, so criminals may have merely opened unlocked vehicle doors and stole items.  One case of six noted the vehicle windows were broken.  What items were left in parked vehicles that were stolen?  Multiple vehicle registrations, vehicle insurance documents, a vehicle manual, a $200 phone, sunglasses, CD collection and spared change.

Another few words about the VIN Etching event —

I hope Foothills residents will take advantage of the free VIN etching in our community on Saturday.  Often people ask me, “why are criminals stealing older model vehicles?”  The parts of older model vehicles are worth more than the vehicle as a whole.  A VIN etching is especially prudent crime prevention for those who have older vehicles to prevent the vehicle from being stolen for the purpose of taking it to a ‘chop shop’ and the parts being sold through disreputable means.   Most newer models already have the VIN etching done by the dealership/manufacturer.  If you do take advantage of the VIN etching on Saturday, ask your insurance provider if they offer a discount for having this service — depending on your insurance provider, you may benefit in the pocketbook as well.

Be safe, have a great day –

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