Trending Tuesday: Your vehicle registration and insurance documents in your vehicle — I have received a few questions about these documents regarding traffic stops and if the driver, to avoid having these documents stolen, can produce a cell phone photo or a photocopy of these documents or tell the officer the documents are hidden somewhere in the vehicle. These documents are frequently stolen from vehicles. Why? They have your name and address and if stolen along with keys or a garage door opener can lead an auto burglar to your home and provide access to burglarize other vehicles, your garage and your home. Some burglars are looking for personal information to sell or use for an identity theft profile.
If you want to hide the documents in your vehicle (for example, in the trunk or under a floor mat) and you are pulled over by a police officer, tell the officer where those documents are and the officer can decide how to proceed with the traffic stop. A cell phone picture of the registration and insurance instead of driving with the original documents and leaving them in the car is a gray area. This is an officer discretion decision. The originals are required to be in the vehicle when it is being driven, but they do not have to be in the vehicle when it is parked and unattended you are being cautious about the potential for auto burglary. Do what suits you best, but be informed about the need to have those items with you when driving and don’t forget to sign the vehicle registration.
I prefer to carry my vehicle registration and proof of insurance in a small plastic envelope and keep it with me when I am operating my vehicle. I keep that plastic envelope in the same place at home where I keep my key fobs so I am not likely to leave an forget my registration and insurance documents.
I hope this answered your questions.
Foothills Area Command Upcoming “Coffee with a Cop” event: There will be a Coffee with a Cop in the Foothills Area Command next week on Monday, May 15th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the McDonald’s at 11824 Lomas Blvd NE (at Juan Tabo). Come by and have a cup of coffee with one of our police officers. For questions about Coffee with a Cop, contact the APD Community Outreach team, Celina Espinoza and Nicole Chavez-Lucero, at 768-2420.
Property Crimes in the Foothills Area Command reported on Monday, May 8th.
1 Armed Robbery to a Business: 2500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: 13500-block of Skyline Rd NE, 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10700-block of Towner Rd NE, 2500-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 9800-block of Mary Ellen Rd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 12700-block of Chico NE. Entry: breaking a window. Items stolen: none listed at time of research, but home was vandalized with various fluids/chemicals.
2 Auto Burglaries: 1200-block of Willy’s Knight NE, 11600-block of Academy Rd NE. Entries nor Items Stolen were noted at time of research.
Have a great day, I hope you can attend next Monday’s Coffee with a Cop event!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS, APD – Foothills Area Command