Trending Tuesday: I am asked frequently what are the most common types of vehicles that area stolen. I have that information for you today, and this is for the entire city from May 15 – May 21. Leading the pack for makes of vehicles stolen during that time frame are:
- Chevys (15, 8 of 15 were pick up trucks)
- Fords (13)
- Nissans (6)
- Saturns (5).
For the Foothills Area Command, most auto theft activity occurs between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. Although auto theft is a crime of opportunity, these are the highest activity times and days based on police reports. This does not mean to assume the rest of the days of the week or times are auto-theft free! Keep awareness up all of the time.
Something else you may find eye-opening: apartments barely edged out single-family residences with auto thefts during that time period, but just by 1 case. That means not only do apartment residents, management teams and courtesy patrols need to be very aware of auto theft potential, but so do our single-family residential neighborhoods. After the tally for apartments and single-family residential areas, businesses and hotels fall a very distant third place for auto thefts taking place. For the May 15 – 21 time period, we show location types for auto theft as:
- Apartments: 25
- Residents: 25
- Businesses and Hotels: 4
- Retail, car dealerships, mechanics, schools, gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants, places of worship, car rental lots, and recreational areas all ranged from 3 to 2 auto thefts per location.
What can you do? Lock up. Do not leave keys in the vehicle and walk away. Get an anti-theft device, whether low or high tech. Park in a secured garage. Not possible? Then park where there are passers-by who would call 911 if they saw your vehicle being stolen. Park in good lighting. Try to park where there are good sight lines to your vehicle. If you have an older model vehicle that doesn’t already have the Vehicle ID numbers etched in the glass, go to an APD Auto Theft VIN Etching – -these are held periodically throughout the city and the Citizens’ Contact Center (dial 311) should have the dates for upcoming VIN Etchings. When I am provided the VIN Etching dates, they are added to our events calendar on this web site and I post about them multiple times to encourage people to take advantage of this free anti-theft prevention method.
Another gun was stolen from a parked vehicle. The Foothills Area Command residents have to realize firearms are being stolen at an alarming rate from parked vehicles. I have a tally of 24 guns stolen so far in the Foothills Area Command for May during auto or residential burglaries. Unsecured guns can mean tragic accidents within your own family and the firearms that are being stolen are arming the criminal population. Seven of the twenty four guns stolen so far this month were left in cars, some cars were not even locked.
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command for Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday, May 26 – 29:
1 Car Jacking: 13100 block of Central NE.
3 Armed Robberies/Commercial: 900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE,12500-block of Menaul NE, 400-block of Paisano NE.
1 Armed Robbery to an Individual: 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: 11200-block of Central NE, 200-block of Tramway SE, 12900-block of Central NE, 14200-block of Mocho NE, 1700-block of Algodones NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 13000-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10500-block of Love NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE. Entries: Damaged door and door frame, prying, left door unlocked. Items stolen: X Box and a tool box. Two TVs, Blue Ray, a blanket, carpet cleaner, vacuum, surround sound system. One case was reported by an alert neighbor and was in progress and police made arrests.
19 Auto Burglaries: 400-block of Paisano NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 10600-block of Moonlight Court NE, 3300-block of Candlelight NE, 1200-block of Blue Quail Road NE, Embudo Trail Head parking, 9900-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, four vehicles at the same address on the 12000-block of Skyline Rd SE, 600-block of Dorado SE, two vehicles at the same address on the 12700-block of Piru SE, 12800-block of Copper NE, 3700-block of Mountainside Parkway NE. Entries: Used chunk of concrete to smash the window. Broke windows. Forced open a door. Leaving windows partially opened. Items stolen: GPS and a cell phone. Tools. Company tools stolen from a work/employer’s van. Attempted to steal vehicle, causing damage. Purses. Keys to a gun store/indoor shooting range, Social Security card, debit card, credit card. Tried to steal stereo, causing damage. School ID and a handgun left inside vehicle. Papers, multiple cell phones, a laptop, cash, a back pack, watches, games and cash. Eyeglasses case and rim locks. A tablet and two pair of shoes. A sword. Cash. Back pack left on the back seat. A purse. Motorcycle parts in a box in the truck bed.
I hope everyone has a great week ahead and uses the crime prevention tips provided here to beef up your awareness and secure your property.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command