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Tax Time Crime / Property Crime in the Foothills on Thursday, 01/19/17

Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, January 19th

1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 900-block of Juan Tabo.

2  Stolen Vehicles:  200-block of Zena Lona NE and 12100-block of Central NE.  Don’t offer rides to strangers — one of two auto thefts reported yesterday was due to the caller picking up a male and female who stole the caller’s vehicle and cell phone.

6  Residential Burglary:  11200-block of Coconino SE, 1600-block of Bull Lea Dr SE, 1100-block of Cuatro Cerros Trl SE, 1700-block of Mary Ellen NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE, 4700-block of Danube Dr NE.  Keep the garage door closed.  An open garage door provides easy access to your home and vehicles.  If you have a vacant home on the block, please serve as extra eyes and ears on that property — vacant homes are targeted by burglars as easy targets.

3 Auto Burglaries:  400-block of Paisano NE, 1130-block of Mahlon NE, 2500-block of Eubank NE.  Items stolen:  tax return paperwork, birth certificate, graduation credentials, Social Security card, a drivers license, a checkbook and a computer — from one vehicle.  A bonanza for a criminal who wants to commit identity theft.

Tax Time Crime:  Along with tax time comes an increase in commercial burglaries to tax preparation businesses and mail theft incidents.  Why?  Burglars intent on committing identity theft, fraud and forgery want access to all of that personal data related to tax documents. 

Tax preparation businesses need to make sure that adequate security measures that protect employee and customer data are in place.  Crime Prevention Specialists can help with a security survey and make recommendations. 

Mail theft for the W-2s and returns will be on increase:  pick up your mail daily or consider getting a post office box or e-filing. 

Have a great weekend, and thank you to the management team and residents who participated at the well-attended crime prevention meeting at Northpointe Village Apartments in the Foothills!

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