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New APD Mission Statement! / Web Site Issues Fixed / Signs / Trends / Property Crime

Web Site Issues:  Thank you for your patience, readers and subscribers!  The issues got corrected regarding the APD Foothills Area Command web site this afternoon.  We only lost 1 subscriber over the time period of my last post to today, which brings us to 701 subscribers to the APD Foothills Area Command web site.  Please spread the word about how easy it is to subscribe and receive crime prevention information directly to your in box weekdays at 5:00 p.m. from your local Crime Prevention Specialist.

APD has a new Mission StatementThe mission of the Albuquerque Police Department is to preserve the peace and protect our community through community oriented policing, with fairness, integrity, pride and respect.

Signs for the Public:  The Foothills Substation received a supply of “Slow Down Albuquerque” signs and stands today.  If you feel speeding is an issue on your block and you want to place a sign on your property to build awareness and remind motorists to slow down, come by the substation Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to request a sign and stand at the front desk.

Trends in Property Crime:  I am noticing an increase of reports of auto burglaries at businesses with company vehicles parked on premises overnight and also to customer vehicles at auto servicing locations in the Foothills that are parked at the business overnight.  My recommendations are below:

Businesses:  Establish a policy for employees to remove all articles of value, items with personal or client information, work access keys/badges/IDs from the work vehicle when parking.  Provide them a secured closet, locker or area at the business to stow these items securely at the end of their shift.  Keep an inventory of work items and items that go out into the field with your employees in company vehicles.  Please file police reports so that we have an accurate picture of these incidents in order for us (APD) to allocate appropriate resources in our Area Command to help you.  If your business would like a security survey and crime prevention recommendations, call me at 332-5240 to set up an appointment.

Customers:  If leaving a vehicle at a service facility, remove all items of value and anything with personal information and take those items home with you.  You may want to ask the business/facility what measures they will be taking to make sure your vehicle is protected while on site.  If you have to leave the vehicle there, only leave the key (or fob) necessary to do the job.

Reporting:  I am receiving calls from the community about multiple vehicle burglaries to employee and customer vehicles at a healthcare facility off Juan Tabo and from an apartment community at  off Academy.  Unfortunately, when I was trying to research these issues, the incidents were vastly under-reported or not reported at all by the victims.  Please report crime if you are a victim.  The data from the calls for service and police reports help APD in our efforts to help you.  If we can’t get an accurate number of incidents by victims declining to file reports, or those who just ‘want to let an officer know’ and then leave the scene or don’t leave contact information for officer follow up or complain to apartment community managers about crime but don’t report it to police, we (as a department and in specialized units) can’t get the data needed to dig into the issues and get you the help and resources you need.  We try to make it easy to report crimes or non-emergencies with 242-COPS, 911, online reporting through and telephone reporting through (505) 768-2030.

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2 Auto Thefts:  3800-block of Tracy NE, 10700-block of Academy Road NE.

1 Commercial Burglary with 1 Auto Burglary at the Same Location:  1900-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Broke into the facility and then burglarized a vehicle on facility grounds.

1 Residential Burglary: 13000-block of Sandia Point Road NE.  Method of entry:  Kicking in the front door.

6 Auto Burglaries: 11100-block of Central NE, 11200-block of Central NE, 500-block of Paisano NE, 10300-block of Norman Avenue NE, 10800-block of Snow Heights Blvd NE, 1700-block of White Cloud Street NE.  Methods of entry:  Breaking windows, unforced entries.  Items stolen:  purses, wallets, IDs, credit cards and other items.

I hope your holidays were safe and happy and that 2017 is off to a good start!  Be safe,

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – Albuquerque Police Department, Foothills Area Command