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Computer Security Day / Meth Awareness Day / Property Crimes on Tuesday 11/29/16

Today (November 30th) is National Computer Security Day:  Here are some tips and historical information provided by the National Calendar Day folks.

Computer Security Day is observed annually on November 30.

Identity theft, fraud, ransomware viruses and more can make our online experiences challenging.


Here is a checklist you can follow to help secure your computer.

  • Windows Update is enabled.
  • Antivirus software is installed and running.
  • Windows Firewall is turned on.
  • The software on my computer is up to date.
  • Strong passwords are always used.
  • Passwords are not shared or written down.
  • A password is required to access my computer.
  • Unused programs are removed.
  • My home wireless network is secured.
  • My important data is regularly backed up.
  • I use caution when I browse the Internet.
  • I log off the computer when I’m not using it.
  • My web browser does not store or remember my passwords.
  • Temporary Internet files are periodically removed.


The first Computer Security Day was in 1988 started by the Association for Computer Security to raise awareness concerning computer security issues.

Today (November 30th) is also National Meth Awareness Day: I have placed the Neighborhood Resource Guide to Methamphetamine Labs in the Foothills Substation lobby for those who are interested in bringing this information to your neighborhood groups.  There is a limited supply, but the back page of the pamphlet has a source where you can order more for your Neighborhood Associations, Home Owner Associations and Neighborhood Watch groups.  The pamphlets are available until supplies run out at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE on Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m and 4:45 p.m. on the table in the lobby.

President George W. Bush signed a proclamation on November 30, 2006 as National Meth Awareness Day.  The National Calendar Day folks have provided some interesting information about methamphetamine below:

November 30, has been declared National Methamphetamine Awareness Day as a part of a nationwide effort to further educate the American public about the effects of methamphetamine abuse on families and communities. The effort hopes to increase awareness and decrease demand of the highly-addictive drug.

A national survey found one out of six young adults has used illicit drugs in the last month. Brain scientists now know why just one use of crystal meth (methamphetamine) can make a person feel hooked.

The awareness day is an effort to send a prevention message to potential meth users and to educate current users about programs that are available to them, according to a Department of Justice news release. For more information visit the website at


Use #MethAwarenessDay to post on social media.


Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command reported on Tuesday, November 29th:

Car Jacking (Robbery of an Automobile): 1 attempted on the 2300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

2 Robberies (Commercial): 11100-block of Menaul and 11200-block of Menaul Blvd NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual: 10600-block of Indian School Rd NE.

5 Stolen Vehicles:  1700-block of Juan Tabo, 1700-block of San Antonio NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 4600-block of Cairo NE and one resulting from an auto burglary (stole the garage door opener from a vehicle) that led to entering the home’s garage (counted as a residential burglary) and stealing the vehicle inside the garage on the 1600-block of La Cabra SE.  This is the classic example of what I’ve been posting about on the web site over the past few months regarding the ‘snowball effect’ crimes resulting from stealing a garage door opener!  One stolen garage door opener was a catalyst for two more serious crimes.

3 Residential Burglaries:  1600-block of La Cabra SE, 800-block of Sagebrush SE, 3800-block of Glen Canyon Rd NE.  Entries made via stolen garage door opener, unforced entry into a garage and prying open a sliding glass door.

5 Auto Burglaries: 1200-block of Ruffian Court SE, 3000-block of Morris NE, 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 1400-block of Willy’s Knight NE, 5300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Entries made by opening unlocked vehicles, damaging a door lock and breaking a window.  Items left behind in unattended vehicles that were stolen?   A purse and the contents (credit card from the purse was being used at the convenience store across the street from the auto burglary location), GPS unit, charger, multiple government IDs and other miscellaneous items.

Just a few minutes of removing valuables from vehicles and locking up is all it takes to control your environment and push a potential criminal out of your space/turf.  Do what’s within your control and you will reduce your odds of being a victim.

Be safe,

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