Trending Tuesday Topics: Guns, Giving Chase, Warm Up Auto Thefts
Guns: Secure your guns when they are not in use. Know how many guns you own. Start a property inventory so that you have an accurate count of how many guns you have and the identifiers (make, model, caliber, serial number, colors/finishes/add-ons, etc.). With one more day to tally for January, so far this month he criminal community has been supplied with approximately 27 guns — almost one a day in the Foothills Area Command! It’s a new year and a great time to start a property inventory not only of firearms, but all of your valuables — start one, keep it current and keep it in a safe place. Make it a goal!
Giving Chase: I am asking the community to stop chasing offenders and putting yourselves and anyone in your path in danger. Call 911 and let the police officers pursue an offender. Giving chase puts you in danger and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity and gets in the way of officers trying to do their jobs. The best way you can help is to make that 911 call from a safe place and give the very best descriptions that you can to our operator.
Warm Up Auto Thefts: Yes, we had another one reported in the Foothills Area Command yesterday. This one only took twenty seconds to unfold according to the caller. These are crimes of opportunity and are preventable. Don’t slip into the mindset of, “I’ll only be a second” or “this is a nice neighborhood and those things don’t happen here” or “no one’s around, it’ll be okay.” Crime prevention information is on the city’s web site for the public on a number of topics at: www.cabq.gov/police on the crime prevention pages.
Web Site Access: I have received two messages from citizens who have had trouble accessing this web site. I have relayed these two reports about access problems to the web master and the internal IT team for resolution. There are crime tracking web sites such as www.crimemapping.com or www.spotcrime.com where citizens can track crime that resulted in a police report being written until the issue is resolved.
Property Crime Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, January 30, 2017
1 Vehicle stolen while left warming up and unattended: 11400-block of Snow Heights NE.
7 Stolen vehicles: 500-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 300-block of Western Skies SE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12800-block of Roma NE, 11600-block of Towner NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE, 5600-block of Mariola Pl NE.
2 Residential burglaries: 11000-block of San Jacinto NE, 5600 block of Mariola Pl NE (one address on the block had the residential burglary that led to the auto theft from the same address). Entries: Kicking in doors. Items Stolen: Guns (about 7 per caller), jewelry, electronics, TVs, documents, a vehicle.
3 Auto burglaries: 10900-block of Los Arboles NE, 1700-block of Sandler NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE. Entries: All of the vehicles were left unlocked. Items Stolen: multiple wallets, drivers licenses, credit cards and a gym bag.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command