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Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, May 30th / Red Flags to Violence

Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, May 30th

3 Stolen Vehicles: 600-block of Vista Abajo NE, 2600-block of Muriel NE, 13700-block of Pruitt NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 5500-block of Vista Grande NE.

Entry:  Garage.  Items Stolen:  Bikes.  WARNING:  Get in the habit of locking the deadbolt to the door most of have that leads from the garage into the home.  Learn ways to secure your garage door and any side doors to the garage (I can visit your home and teach you or refer you to sources).  Neighbors — look out for one another — if you see a neighbor has left the garage door open, let them know.

10 Auto Burglaries:   500-block of Paisano NE, 12700-block of Conejo NE. 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 11200-block of Lomas,  4100-block of Glen Canyon Rd NE, 3700-block of Inca NE, 5300-block of Avenida Cuesta NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 10700-block of Academy Knolls NE, 11800-block of San Victorio NE.

Entries:  Damaging door locks, breaking windows, leaving vehicles unlocked and parked in unsecured areas overnight.  Items stolen: Various items not detailed at time of research.  Car stereo system.  Cooler left inside vehicle.  Pay stubs, vehicle registration, shoes and a jacket.  Small items not itemized at time of research.  iPhone.

NOTE:  Four of ten burglarized vehicles were not only entries into vehicles, but attempts to steal the vehicles.  Luckily, the offender(s) were not successful; however, it’s a matter of time until the offender(s) figure it out or someone more advanced at stealing vehicles teaches the offender(s).  Lock up, park in secured garages and if not possible park in well lit areas that are well-traveled and with good sight lines to your vehicle from your home.  Think about your anti-theft options available whether a “club'” device to deter or delay, alarms, brake or ignition locks, etc.  See what fits your wallet and your vehicle/situation.  Auto theft is a big problem in New Mexico and Albuquerque — with a little prevention, you can greatly reduce your odds of being a victim.

Red Flags on Violence:  Gavin DeBecker, security consultant and author of “The Gift of Fear” and “Protecting the Gift”

I enjoyed a recent podcast interview with Gavin DeBecker and wanted to share my notes with you.  If you get a chance, look up Mr. DeBecker or seek out his books to learn more about situational awareness and your own gift of intuition.  My notes are below:

  • Violence is a reality — don’t be caught off guard.  Be prepared.  Hone your ‘sixth sense’ for danger to spot the red flags of an abuser, a con artist, a predator.
  • Worry is useless — it’s focused on something past experiences that you may have again in the future.  Fear can save your life and push you to survival in a violent encounter.  Know the difference.
  • Be “PC” — use Privacy Control (PC):  that means check and confirm, does the person’s behavior match the setting and situation?  You already have what you need to make Privacy Control decisions.
  • Predators:  Use persuasion, gain your trust, use persuasion tactics to gain control and then we end up persuading ourselves that this person must by “ok” or “it’s probably nothing.”  We have inner conversations with ourselves in these situations and actually convince ourselves that our “gut” feeling must to be wrong.  Predators also use power and the environment to their advantage:  no one else is around, you have no one in the vicinity to help you, the person overpowers you.  Most predator victims say, “he just came out of nowhere!”  Be aware, listen to your intuition.  It is your responsibility to assess a situation and you already have what you need to assess properly.
  • Forced teaming:  this is a strategy deployed by the predator to make you feel like you both are in this together.  Forced teaming compels a potential victim to feel like they are going through a common, shared experience.  Forced teaming is often the predator offering unsolicited or refused help.  The predator is trying to gain a level of trust.
  • The power of “No” — for men, “no” means the end of the discussion.  For most women, saying “no” often starts a negotiation process.  You have to ramp up the intensity of your “no” if you are woman.
  • Refusal to hear “No” signs:  becomes enraged when hearing your “no.”  No contact with this person is the answer; simply return that person to the ‘stranger pool’ and disengage.  Be faster on who you exclude from your inner circle and be slow on choosing who you include.  It is your sovereignty.  If the person continues to hang on, do not discuss your reasons and simply state, “I expect you to direct your attention and efforts elsewhere.”
  • Signs of a violent relationship (I am using male/female for examples — violence occurs in relationships to both men and women):
    • 1) The woman has at-risk intuition or feelings that she explains away or deceives herself into ignoring.
    • 2) The woman is pushed and rushed into a relationship by the man.
    • 3) The man resolves conflict through intimidation or violence.
    • 4) The man is verbally abusive and threats to defame her, tell her secrets, threatens suicide, says cruel or unkind things to her, fears abandonment by her, breaks things, uses symbolic violence.
    • 5) Alcohol or drugs are used as an excuse for violent behavior (…”I was drunk, I was high..”).
    • 6) Has had police encounters for prior behaviors in the past.
    • 7) Minimizes the incidents of abuse.  Does not honor the person or their sovereignty.  Uses excuses such as, “I didn’t mean to” or “you’ve got this all wrong.”
    • 8) Men who cannot let a woman go choose women who can’t say “no.”

If you are being abused, report it to police.  There is help out there in the community for you.

I hope readers find Mr. DeBecker’s interview notes I shared here helpful — feel free to share them with those you love.  Be safe,

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command