Trending Tuesdays is a new feature where I will share crime prevention with you based upon trends I’m seeing in the Foothills Area Command. I think you’ll like the Trending Tuesdays tips and I hope you’ll use the tips as applicable. My goal is to share the top 3 trends and tips on Tuesdays with you to keep it simple and provide you with some quick life hacks to deploy to lower your odds of being a victim of a crime.
Trending Tuesday: 01/17/17 Top 3 Trends/Tips
- Auto Theft: You know the offender! If you can’t trust an ex, a family member, a co-worker then do not allow them access to your vehicle and vehicle keys! One of our callers let a co-worker take his vehicle for a test drive — to Florida…and reported the vehicle stolen. That’s quite a test drive. There were several others whose trusting instincts were proven wrong and are now without a vehicle. If the person can’t be trusted, do not allow them access to your valuables.
2. Auto Burglary: Bring the wallet with you, leave the purses at home. I continue to see reports of purses and wallets being stolen from vehicles parked at trail/open space areas east of Tramway from Copper to Embudo Park.
3. Vacant Homes (for sale and renovations): Unoccupied homes or homes undergoing renovations are being targeted. As a neighbor, if something doesn’t look right, call it in from a safe place to 242-COPS (2677). If hiring someone to do work on your home, check them out thoroughly with references, making sure they are licensed to operate, checking if they are bonded and insured, doing a little homework to see if they have consumer complaints through our state agencies.
I Can Be A Multi-Millionaire! I got two interesting emails at home this weekend. One is from a Hong Kong investor who needs my help with some international investments. If I just send this VIP investment whiz my bank account information, he will lavishly reward me for my trouble with hundreds of thousands of dollars!
I was also amazed at the email I got from a woman who claims to be Suzanne Hosni-Mubarak. She wrote that she is married to Egyptian President Hosni-Mubarak. Imagine, her taking the time to track me down via email. She states that she really needs my help since her husband is very ill and the family assets are frozen. She was offering me an opportunity to help her out by acting as her United States Investment Representative. Me? Yes, me! She is offering me $150,000,000 — yes, $150 million US, if I can just help her out with her banking dilemma. All I have to do is email her back for instructions.
Please, folks — if you receive these ridiculous types of emails, do not open any attachments or respond. Report them to the internet provider as Spam. These scammers prey on people in large numbers casting a broad net to find the one foolish fish who will fall for these stories and take the bait. They prey on the promise of riches with no effort, the human element of greed, the other human element of wanting to help someone who claims to be in a tough spot, and promises that are too good to be true. Don’t fall for the bait. Never click on a link or open attachments unsolicited from strangers. No need to panic — the odds are you are not solely being targeted — these types work off massive bulk lists. Just hit ‘delete’ after reporting as spam.
Property Crimes in the Foothills: Monday, January 16th
2 Armed Robberies at a Business: 13000-block of Central NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
6 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Jane, 1900-block of Black Gold SE, 13500-block of Skyline Rd, 12700-block of Cloudview, 1900-block of Macbeth, 2500-block of Paisano.
3 Residential Burglaries: 11800-block of San Jacinto, 13900-block of Grady Court, 3100-block of Betts.
5 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Jewel Place, 13200-block of San Juan, 11700-block of Summer, 2100-block of Juan Tabo, 4500-block of Morris.
Property Crimes in the Foothills on Friday/Saturday/Sunday, January 13-14-15th
1 Armed Robbery at a Business: 1700-block of Juan Tabo.
9 Stolen Vehicles: 12900-block of Central NE, 800-block of Maxine, 100-block of Hotel Circle, 3100-block of Jane Place, 10000-block of Menaul, 12100-block of Menaul, 10300-block of Camino Del Oso, 4600-block of Eubank, 6100-block of Antigua.
3 Commercial Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1500-block of Eubank Blvd, 12700-block of Candelaria.
4 Residential Burglaries: 11700-block of Grand, 12700-block of Mountainview, 5300-block of Eubank, 11200-block of Academy.Mu
23 Auto Burglaries: 10800-block of Fort Point Lane, 500-block of Elizabeth SE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd, 12800-block of Central, 13300-block of Central, 14000-block of Nambe, 13400-block of Lomas, 700-block of Monte Alto, 400-block of Paisano, 10300-block of Hotel Circle, two vehicles at the same address on the 3300-block of Morris, 10300-block of Woodland, 9800-block of Menaul, 2 vehicles on different dates at the Embudo trail parking area, 13600-block of Lomas, 12800-block of Indian School, 12600-block of Indian Place, 9700-block of Comanche, 10400-block of Gutierrez.
Final thoughts: So, readers, you are stuck with me and my posts for a little longer since I gave up two opportunities to reap millions of dollars from strangers on the internet with no effort on my part at all (hah!). I hope you will like the Trending Tuesdays and as always, I welcome feedback and your comments and encourage community conversations. I hope you had a safe weekend and enjoyed the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. In MLK Jr’s words, “The time is always right to do what is right.”
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command