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First day of spring: a few tips / Property crime over the weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun). / Another gun stolen

First day of spring:  a few crime prevention tips for readers.

Along with spring comes the desire to tidy up the yard, clean out the garage and throw open the windows for fresh air.  If you are going to work on yard/gardening projects, remember to keep the garage door closed.  Even if you are just in a side yard or in the back yard, there have been burglary cases where garages have been targeted while the home owner was in close proximity.

Remember to check your window screens and replace them if they are worn, torn or hanging. We had some residential burglaries reported this weekend in the Foothills and windows were the points of access.  To get some ventilation, add an additional mechanism to sliding glass doors and windows that allow the window to be open, but prevent lifting or sliding out of the tracks by a burglar trying to get into your home through these access points.  There are pin locks, Charley bars, and more options that are low cost and pretty easy to install.  Check your local hardware store or big-box retail store.

As you do the yard clean up and trimming, remember the crime prevention general guidelines to keep shrubs trimmed to no higher than 3 1/2 feet tall and to start tree canopies at 6 feet or higher.  This will enhance the sight lines from the house to the street and for neighbors to be able to see your house without obstructions.  This practice also eliminates hiding spots.

Spring cleaning time is also be a good opportunity to check the lighting at your home.  Check for broken or burned out bulbs, remove and clean the light covers to remove dust and bugs.  Per the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners data, just doing this every 5 years improves your lighting by 50 percent!

Sheds:  keep sheds locked.  Although most people feel the items inside (gardening tools, etc.) are not of value or they wouldn’t be terribly impacted if articles stored in sheds were stolen, sheds are also hiding spots.  If police are pursuing and trying to take someone into custody, an unlocked shed can be used as a hiding spot.  Best to have peace of mind and lock up the shed.

Have a great First Day of Spring and take a little bit of time to burglar proof your home as you do your spring cleaning and yard planting or trimming.


Weekend Property Crime in the Foothills:  Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays for:  March 17-18-19, 2017

9 Stolen Vehicles:  1800-block of Black Gold SE, 500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd SE, 12400-block of Grand NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 1100-block of Nakomis Rd NE, three vehicles at the same address of the 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 6200 Eubank Blvd NE, 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 5800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

5 Residential Burglaries:  10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 2600-block of Carol St NE, 1900-block of Father Sky St NE, 11800-block of Palm Springs Avenue NE.  Entries:  unlocked doors, removing screens and entering via window, crawling through a window, kicking open a side door to the garage, side window.  Items stolen:  $1200 GoPro & bag, $1000 computer, jewelry, other items stolen but not listed at time of research.

12 Auto Burglaries:  700-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 13100-block of Central NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 2600-block of Morris St NE, 10900-block of Fairbanks Ave NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 10300-block of Karen Ave NE, 4500-block of Pitt St NE, 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4900-block of Tramway Ridge NE.  Entries:  unlocked vehicles, 1 popped lock, 2 smash & grabs (breaking window to access items left inside vehicle).  Items stolenBlack 9 MM semi-automatic Ruger and headphones from a back pack left in unlocked vehicle, ‘large amount’ of ammunition, CDs, $20 left in center console, purse and jacket, purse and checkbook, IDs, searched vehicle and didn’t steal items but attempted to steal the vehicle.

Another Gun Stolen in the Foothills during an Auto Burglary this weekend: As you can see, we still have a big problem with firearms owners leaving guns in vehicles, parking and walking away.  There are auto-safes made for vehicles if a firearm owner feels they must keep a gun in their vehicle at all times instead of carrying it inside the dwelling when parking.   Just this weekend, two 3 year old boys were shot when they discovered and started playing with a loaded 38 caliber gun in the family vehicle parked outside a Fort Worth, Texas Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.  In the Foothills Area Command for the month of March through March 19th, we are 19 firearms reported stolen during auto or residential burglaries, averaging out to one firearm per day that is now in a criminal’s hands.

Be safe,

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