Odds & Ends:
Thanks for the terrific response to the National Law Enforcement Memorial blue ribbons I was able to provide to the community from the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) group who provided them to me gratis. We are out of ribbons and I will order more next year for the community due to your interest.
Albuquerque Block Captain Association Spring Conference reminder: Saturday, May 6th from 8:30 a.m. (social, registration time) to 12:00 p.m. at the APD Academy, Classrooms A&B at 5412 Second Street NW.
Foothills Community Policing Council meeting: Monday, May 8th from 6:00 – 7:50 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE. The public encouraged to attend!
VIN Etching in the Foothills: Saturday, May 13th from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the AAA of New Mexico Parking Lot at 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE. VIN etching will be done by the APD Auto Theft unit, is free, takes just a few minutes and is an auto theft prevention method. Bring your vehicle and the registration.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command, Reported Wednesday, May 4:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 700-block of Stephen Moody SE.
9 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Figueroa, 3500-block of Pitt NE, 12400-block of Princess Jeanne NE, two incidents at separate addresses on the 1000-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, two incidents at the same address on the 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4500-block of Morris NE. Entries: breaking windows, some had no entry information at time of research. Items Stolen: Four tires/rims/lug nuts. Gym bag, iPad, Bluetooth, Beats headphones. Purse and contents. Messenger bag, contents and court papers.
Remember — remove all items of value from vehicles and bring them with you when you park.
As far as the tires, rims and lug nuts stolen — hopefully this is a one of a kind case and not the start of a trend. If you have flashy vehicle accessories, I recommend parking in a secured garage.. Not an option? Then I recommend you park in well-lit areas with foot traffic (potential witnesses who would call 911 if they saw a crime occurring). I also recommend parking close to structures with people coming and going and not at outside/perimeter areas where people not authorized or legitimately on property can spot your vehicle tires and plan to steal them. Good lighting at night is a must and clear sight lines to your vehicle that are not blocked by landscaping, structures, etc. Investing in an anti-theft/alarm system may be in order if you want to go all-out and checking into special mechanical features for your vehicle that can prevent this type of theft (tires, rims, lug nuts) may provide other options to protect your gear.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command