By Presidential Proclamation, December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Here are some quick facts from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. I have also listed resources in the community for further study/information on this issue.
- Every day, 28 people are killed by drunk drivers in the United States.
- Every 51 minutes, a drunk driver ends a life.
- Drunk driving is a 100% preventable crime…
Resources to learn more:
- Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov/alcohol)
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (www.niaaa.nih.gov)
- Drive Safely Net (www.drive-safely.net)
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (www.madd.org/nm)
Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, December 1st
1 Robbery (to an individual): 3000-block of Eubank.
1 Vehicle stolen while warming-up and unattended: 12200-block of Camino Arbustos NE.
3 Vehicles stolen: 3500-block of Juan Tabo NE, 10300-block of Cueva Del Oso NE, 10200-block of Gutierrez NE.
1 Residential burglary: 9900-block of Spain NE.
2 Auto burglaries: 11200-block of Shadow Mountain Rd SE, 11100-block of Kaibob Rd SE.
Trends I am seeing: The ‘warm up’ auto thefts, which always spike at this time of year. One vehicle was even stolen while the owner was cleaning it! This is an indicator that offenders are roaming our community just hoping for opportunities like these that they consider to be pretty low risk and easy to pull off. Do not assume that this type of crime will not happen in your neighborhood or that this type of crime happens to other people, but it will not happen to you. These are all preventable crimes and they are happening at the moment when the target is there, the motivation of the criminal is there and the opportunity presents itself.
I am seeing a few cases of stealing vehicle batteries. Also, travel trailers and RVs are being picked on by the criminal element lately. When is the last time you checked that RV parked at your home? Is it secured? We had some valuable items reported stolen this week from this type of vehicles. Often, the burglary is not even discovered until quite a bit of time has passed since the occurrence and has gone unnoticed until the RV is going to be used. If you have these types of vehicles you will need to secure them in the same way you would you other vehicles and your home.
Have a great weekend everyone —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command