Last Saturday’s VIN Etching Event in the Foothills Area Command — 124 windows were etched with the vehicle’s VIN number on Saturday at the AAA of New Mexico parking lot by APD Auto Theft detectives. That’s a fantastic number! Thank you to AAA of New Mexico and the APD Auto Theft team and to those who took advantage of this free event aimed at reducing auto theft.
Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day — if you see one of our APD officers, please say hello and know that they are out there working hard to protect you and our community.
I hope those who attended today’s Coffee With A Cop in the Foothills had a great time. Thank you to McDonald’s and to those who put these events together to foster better understanding and exchanges of ideas.
Criminals gained easy access to two more guns by burglarizing vehicles in the Foothills this weekend. Please bring in your firearms when you park or secure your firearms in a vehicle gun safe or other safe-keeping method if you must leave your firearm in the vehicle when you park.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Friday – Sunday, May 12 through May 14, 2017
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
1 Armed Robbery to an Individual: 12800-block of Central NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.
9 Residential Burglaries: 900-block of Poco Cerro SE, 12900-block of Central NE, 12800-block of Dorado SE, 500-block of Sandler NE, 1000-block of Tomasita NE, 12500-block of Prospect NE, 4600-block of Bermuda NE, 5800-block of Villa Dr NE, 10300-block of Oso Grande Rd NE.
Entries: Six of nine burglaries were unforced entries (more about this below in the Tips section). The other burglary points of entries were via breaking a kitchen window to enter, breaking a back window to enter, and forced entry via the front door. One of our cases involved two suspects fleeing before stealing any property who pushed the resident down before getting out of the home. Two separate cases involved a break-in by a ‘squatter.’ Items stolen included games and electronics, one dwelling was vandalized interior and nothing was stolen. Other items listed as stolen in residential burglaries this weekend were jewelry, a TV and a laptop or tablet computer.
16 Auto Burglaries: 500-block of Sawtooth SE, 800-block of Navarra Way SE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd, 11100-block of Baldwin NE, 10300-block of Propps NE, 11500-block of Princess Jeanne NE, 11000-block of Menaul, 3 vehicles at the same address on the 3300-block of Juan Tabo NE, 2500-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 11400-block of Ralph NE, 1300-block of Nakomis NE, 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd, 5100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE at Bear Canyon arroyo.
Entries: Unforced entries (two-thirds of our cases over the weekend), smash & grabs, a damaged door lock.
Items Stolen: House keys, garage door opener, vehicle key fob, purse, IDs, credit cards, cash. Binoculars. Two magazines (loaded) with ammo. Glock 27 firearm. Tools and a guitar. Vehicle registration. Firearm, type/caliber not specified. Once burglarized vehicle was damaged in an attempt to steal the vehicle.
Tips: Residential burglaries: Two thirds of our weekend burglaries were preventable (unforced entries)! Two cases of unforced entries involved ‘squatters’ at unoccupied properties and the callers/victims were taken by surprise when entering the dwelling. One case involved a stolen garage door opener from a vehicle being used to enter the garage to access the home. Another case involved the caller/victim allowing a friend to stay over and when the victim left to go to church, the friend and the victim’s property both disappeared. Your ‘job #1’ is to secure your property. That is controlling your environment, which is half or more of the ‘battle’ here. Remove garage door openers and keys from vehicles when parking — don’t provide an auto burglar an opportunity to become a residential burglar. Use discernment when allowing people to stay in your home — this is your call, but think twice. If not sure, ‘no’ may be your best answer.
Crime Prevention Specialists are at every APD substation and we offer security assessments as part of our duties; these are by appointment and we will leave the home owner with a checklist of our recommendations tailored to the home. Call your local substation if you would like to book a residential security assessment (our Foothills Substation number is 332-5240).
Auto Burglaries: The majority of our auto burglaries over the weekend were to unlocked vehicles — in most cases, just locking the vehicle when you exit and not leaving any items visible inside the vehicle will be enough to deter an auto burglar. Remove items of value (including mail, registrations, anything with your personal information, garage door openers, house keys) and leave nothing visible and if you lock up, you’ve done what you could to control your environment. Remember that you goals to prevent auto burglaries are to DETER – DELAY – DENY entry. Can we ever truly deny entry? Probably not. We can, however deter and delay and in many cases, the auto burglar will move on to the easier target — the vehicle with items inside that was left unlocked.
Have a great week and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command