Trending Tuesday: No, it really is Wednesday — but here is Trending Tuesday nonetheless. The trends I am seeing for the last week in property crimes in our Foothills Area Command. Auto theft — our numbers in the Foothills and city-wide total figures dropped. I continue to see that although auto theft is a crime of opportunity, most vehicles are being stolen from residential neighborhoods, then apartment complexes (double digits for both) and then we see a huge drop in the numbers down to other various locations (single digits). APD’s Crime Analysis Unit has determined that majority of auto thefts for the Foothills Area Command are occurring on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and discovered and reported between 0400-0700 hours. What does this mean for you? If you have room in the garage, park in the garage! If you have to park outside in the driveway or curbside, it’s best to layer that vehicle with protective layers (lock up, alarm, brake pedal lock, ignition kill switch, locked gates, good lighting, etc., etc.). Although a crime of opportunity, at least for this area, most of these are happening in the wee hours/pre-dawn in single-family residential neighborhoods and those target-rich parking lots at apartment complexes.
Another trend that is somewhat ongoing is the number of military or work-related items left behind in parked vehicles that get stolen. Bring your uniforms, body armor, ammo, gear, laptops, tablets, files with client/personal information inside when you park. For those of you readers on base, once you leave the security of the base, you need to be more aware of the potential for auto burglary and take appropriate action to protect your gear.
Guns continue to be left unsecured in parked vehicles and homes and stolen during burglaries. My tally for March shows 26 firearms reported stolen in the Foothills Area Command for the month of March (so far) during auto and residential burglaries. This is a big problem and gun owners need to take steps to properly secure firearms, have a property inventory of the firearms they own, and know where those firearms are at all times.
Rally Against Sexual Violence: Sexual Assault Awareness Month April Kick-off event
The public is invited to support sexual assault prevention and to speak out against sexual violence at a free rally on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza. People of all ages are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring posters, chairs and wear the color “teal” or blue to signify sexual assault awareness.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual April national and local initiative to bring awareness and prevention to local communities about the pervasive issues related to sexual assault and violence. This year’s theme is “Engaging New Voices” and all public agencies, business, groups, and individuals are invited to come together in dialogue, to speak up and speak out about sexual violence.
The Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico is collaborating with local organizations to present the Rally and provide resources to the public, honor survivors and victims of sexual violence and create awareness about issues facing our local communities.
Event Details: Who: Open to the public, What: Rally Against Sexual Violence — A free event that includes honoring victims and survivors of sexual violence, speakers, entertainment, information about sexual assault prevention and activities for all ages. Where: Albuquerque Civic Plaza, 1 Civic Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87102 When: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1-3 p.m.
Contact Information: (505) 291-3562 Coordinated by the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico.
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 13000-block of Central NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 11900-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 11100-block of Arvada NE, 5600-block of Bosque Vista Dr NE, 6000-block of Paper Flower NE. Entries: Garage door left open, offender lowered self through skylight using a garden hose. Items Stolen: 3 guns; a TV, coins/change, work keys.
1 Auto Burglary: 5400-block of Avenida De Cuesta NE. Entries: Appears to be unforced entry (no vehicle damage noted). Items Stolen: Personal items.
Have a great day — be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command