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Thanksgiving /Posts / Operation Hope / Property Crime on Thursday 11/17/16

Thanksgiving:  The Foothills Substation will be closed to observe Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25. The substation will reopen to the public on Monday, November 21st.

Here are a few quotations about our uniquely American holiday you may enjoy:

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these, who nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.  H.U. Westermayer

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  W.J. Cameron

On Thanksgiving Day, all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment:  halftime.  Unknown Author

Thanksgiving, man…not a good day to be my pants.  Kevin James

Website Posts:  I will be on vacation and Foothills website posts when resume when I return the first week of December.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Operation Hope:  The APD Chaplain Unit is collecting non-perishable food items for Foothills Area Command families that likely will not have meals through the December school holiday break.  Most kids get fed breakfasts and lunches at school; some schools have programs in place that send kids home on Fridays with back packs of food for the weekend.  That safety net will not be there for some families in our Foothills community over the holiday school break.   If you would like to donate non-perishable items or a food box filled with items for families to have meals and a special holiday meal, please drop those items off to the Foothills Area Command Substation by mid-December.  Donations will be received Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  If you have questions about Operation Hope, contact APD Chaplain Ann Montoya at 228-5003.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, November 17th:

1 Armed Robbery to a Business:   13100-block of Central NE.

4 Stolen Vehicles:  400-block of Eubank NE, 13100-block of Fruit, 1200-block of Eubank NE, 2600-block of Muriel NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  13300-block of Terra Montanosa Dr NE, 13200-block of Velma Ct NE.  Entries made by prying open back doors to homes.  There are great mechanisms on the market to secure doors and sliding glass doors — check out the options and pick something that works for you and your home at any big-box retail store or at online vendor sites.

4 Auto Burglaries (with 1 attempt to steal the vehicle:  200-block of Glenridge Park Ln SE, 1000-block of Betts NE, 12800-block of Indian School NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE.  Entries were 1 unknown/not noted at time of my research, 1 door lock damaged, 1 by breaking a window.  Items left behind in vehicles that tempted these burglars were a laundry basket with clothes and laundry soap and another vehicle was damaged in an attempt to steal it.

Things will be very busy after this weekend and Thanksgiving — remember to slow down and pre-plan for your errands.  Clear out the car or if you must drive with packages and parcels in the vehicle, try locking them in the car trunk before you leave the house (not at the destination).  Put those situational awareness skills to use and scan the area to note who is around and what they are doing — judge if it is legitimate activity for the setting and proceed accordingly.  Take a loop around the parking lot to check things out first if you have doubts about your destination.  Don’t hide purses, wallets, cell phones, drivers licenses, keys, or garage door openers in vehicles when you park, but instead take them with you.  Lock up the car — leave nothing visible inside — bring the vehicle registration and insurance documents with you in a pocket or your wallet.  Do not leave mail or other items in the vehicle that have your personal information listed.  These are just a few of many crime prevention practices that take just a split second to put into place.  With a little pre-planning and new habits in place, you will be reducing your odds of being a victim of an auto burglary.

Be safe and I will be posting again in December.

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