Trending Tuesday: Top 3 Trends in reported property crimes in our area over the past week:
Warm-Up Auto Thefts — these types of auto thefts are 100% preventable crimes. The Foothills Area Command wants the community to prevent crime and to be safe. Never leave a vehicle warming up and walk away. Please help our efforts here at APD to spread the word by reminding your family and friends about this 100% preventable type of auto theft. We will be experiencing unusually cold weather this week — make it your mission to spread the word about never leaving a vehicle warming up and walking away.
Garage doors being left open: I continue to see vehicles and homes burglarized and the methods of entry being listed are entry made via the garage door that was left open by the home owner. If you drive through our community, notice how many garage doors are wide open with no home owner in sight. Spread the word to neighbors and you see a garage door left open, alert the neighbor — we have all forgotten to close the door from time to time. A friendly neighborly reminder could prevent a crime on your block.
Vacant Homes: We got hit this month and the past week with burglaries to unoccupied homes (homes under renovation, being built, home owners on vacation or homes for sale and unoccupied). As neighbors, please serve as extra eyes and ears on the block if you know a home is vacant. If you see suspicious behavior, call the non-emergency 242-COPS (2677) number and provide the best description you can from a place where you are safe. You see more than you realize and can be a big help to your local law enforcement team and the community by engaging with your neighbors, being aware and making those calls to 242-COPS as necessary. If you want to form a Neighborhood Watch and be a good neighbor and partner with the Albuquerque Police Department in more structured fashion, call the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Neighborhood Watch Starter Kit.
Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, January 23, 2017
2 Stolen Vehicles: 14300-block of Camino Del Rey NE and 500-block of Georgene NE. As noted in yesterday’s post, do not offer strangers rides who are hanging out at convenience stores in the wee hours of the morning…they may have intentions of stealing your vehicle or worse.
1 Commercial Burglary: 12000-block of Candelaria NE. About 12 guns were stolen in this case — if you have firearms, please keep a property inventory of make, serial number, caliber, etc. and keep track of your property.
2 Residential Burglaries: 200-block of Western Skies SE and the 11200-block of Campo Del Sol NE. Entries via breaking a window and leaving a window open. There are many types of additional add-ons for windows that prevent lifting or sliding windows out of the tracks and security film can help preventing breakage and peeking inside. It is worth it to check out the many options on the market, which are available at all price points.
7 Auto Burglaries: 300-block of Western Skies SE, 12400-block of Monarch NE, 12400-block of Morrow Dr NE, 12300-block of Lomas, 12300-block of Eastridge NE, 9800-block of Pitt St NE, 3500-block of Yosemite NE.
Entries were smash & grabs (breaking windows) and punching out door locks and some owners didn’t have any idea how the vehicle was entered. Items stolen in 24 hours: a passport, various IDs, personal documents, keys to the house, radio, speakers, a mounted DVD player inside the vehicle, various tools, a purse, a wallet, a collector edition knife, and items used to work with the mute in our community. Two of the seven auto burglaries reported on Monday were also attempts to steal the vehicle and caused vehicle damage to ignitions and dashes.
Be safe and take an assessment of what you are leaving behind in the vehicle when you park — edit accordingly!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command