Reminder: The Foothills Community Policing Council meeting will be next Monday evening, December 12th. The meeting is held the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE. At each CPC meeting the APD Foothills Area Command is sending a Lieutenant and a Sergeant who review a monthly ‘snapshot’ of property crimes in our area, crime trends, and share ways to reduce the odds of being a victim. There are other agenda items discussed and these meetings are for our community and our own community members serve on the Council. Join in and be a part of the community conversation.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Friday / Saturday / Sunday (Dec. 2 – 3 – 4)
1 “Warm Up” Auto Theft: 100-block of Linda View Ct NE. These types of auto thefts spike during our cold weather months. If you must warm the vehicle up before you leave, do not leave the vehicle unattended. Auto thieves look for these specific types of vehicle targets in our residential areas — they are easy to spot by the plumes of exhaust in the early hours of the morning.
9 Stolen Vehicles: 1300-block of Stagecoach SE, 13500-block of Pierce Arrow NE, 1220-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 13200-block of Mountain Rd NE, 11800-block of Apache Ave NE, 3500-block of Singapore Circle NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit, 5000-block of Ladera Ct NE, 11400-block of Paseo Del Oso NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 4300-block of Eubank.
2 Residential Burglaries: 10900-block of Towner, 10400-block of Cueva Del Oso NE. Front and back doors were points of entry and both were forced entries.
11 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Eubank, 2 vehicles at the same location but at different times on the 14300-block of Copper (Copper Trail Head parking area),11200-block of Menaul, 12000-block of Indian School, 2 vehicles at the same location but at different times on the 14000-block of Indian School Rd NE (Embudo Canyon trail parking area), 7100-block of Tramway (Pino Trail Head parking area), 5000-block of Calle Alta NE, 5800-block of Villa Dr NE and the 5300-block of Eubank.
Methods of entry were by merely opening unlocked vehicle doors, one door’s lock punched out, others were via breaking windows.
Items stolen in one weekend from parked vehicles? Correction Officer’s utility belt/mace/protective vest, multiple drivers licenses/Social Security Cards/IDs/credit cards, cell phones, electronics, wallets, purses, iPad, personal documents, clothing, and a tool set valued at $8,000.
Trending (or the trend continues…): Trail head parking areas east of Tramway from Copper to High Desert area. Open space/nature trail users continue to leave many valuables inside vehicles and walk away. We have to spread the word about this among hikers, runners, cyclists and dog-walkers. If you use these beautiful areas for exercise or relaxation, you have to remove all items of value from your vehicle and carry those items on your person in a fanny pack, back pack, drawstring carrying bag or pockets. Pare down what you are driving around with inside your car. These areas tend to have low numbers of potential witnesses who could call 911 or 242-COPS if they saw a crime in progress. The areas are sparsely populated the closer to the mountains you go, so there are not lots of ‘eyes on the property’ or parking lots. Once we get snowfall, these incidents should go down in numbers due to inclement weather, but until then, it will take some preparation and advance planning on the part of trail users to bring those odds of auto burglary down by not leaving items inside unattended vehicles.
Have a safe week ahead and help our APD team by spreading the word to neighbors, family and friends about the ‘warm up’ auto thefts and trail parking area auto burglaries. With a little pre-planning, these types of preventable crimes can be reduced.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command