Trending Tuesday: I am seeing a trend of vacant homes being targeted for burglary. I’ve posted about this before, and I am continuing to see this in our area. With school recess and summer coming soon, it’s more important to secure your home and be watchful in your neighborhoods. If you would like a Periodic Watch placed for up to two weeks, call the Foothills Substation staff at 332-5240 and give the front office staff the address, dates, emergency contact number and note any vehicles or persons who may be house, plant, or pet sitting. If our officers are in between calls for service, they can do a visual check of the house when in the area.
Whether the resident has recently died, is in the hospital, on vacation, having remodeling done or the house is empty and for sale — these homes are being targeted for burglary. This is where YOU come in as ‘extra eyes and ears on the block’ for the community and to help law enforcement. If you see strange, unfamiliar people or vehicles at the empty or temporarily empty home on the block, feel free to call the APD non-emergency line, 242-COPS, from a safe place and tell the operator why this is suspicious for your block and give the best description you can. If you are part of an established Neighborhood Watch, once that 242-COPS call has been safely made, it’s time to notify the Block Captain so the word can get out to the rest of the Neighborhood Watch group. Do not chase, follow or confront — just make the call from a safe place.
The most successful Neighborhood Watch groups that I see are the ones that get out and meet the other neighbors, exchange contact phone numbers, get to know the patterns of the neighborhood (who drives what, etc.). If you notice what normal behavior for your block is, suspicious behavior will stand out. You see more than you realize!
Just a little bit of community engagement goes a long way towards building safer neighborhoods. It all really boils down to just being the kind of neighbor you would like to have — friendly, sharing a contact number in case of emergencies, bringing in papers and trash bins for each other, maybe inviting the block over once a year or co-hosting a picnic or potluck in the local park or one of the back yards or driveways with other neighbors and welcoming new people to the block. This is what Neighborhood Watch is all about. If you want to start a Neighborhood Watch or restart a group that is not active contact APD Sr. Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get your starter kit.
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, May 15th
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 2400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
1 Armed Robbery/Residential (Home Invasion): 800-block of Piedra Vista NE.
2 Stolen Vehicles: 13100-block of Wenonah SE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Commercial Burglaries: 12100-block of Copper NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 1500-block of Willy’s Knight NE, 11100-block of Los Lagos NE. Entries: Glass panel removed from door to make entry, door at back of the home. Items Stolen: Jewelry.
3 Auto Burglaries: 10400-block of Princess Jeanne NE, 12500-block of Prospect NE, 13400-block of Menaul (Embudo Trail Head access). Entries: open garage door that enabled burglary to access unlocked vehicle, breaking windows to steal items left inside vehicles. Items Stolen: Wallet and contents. Tools. Three purses and contents left inside the vehicle.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command