June is National Safety Month. The National Safety Council (NSC) theme for this year is “Keep Each Other Safe.” The NSC will focus on a different topic each week in June: Stand Up to Falls, Recharge to Be in Charge (fatigued driving), Prepare for Active Shooters and Don’t Just Sit There (ergonomic related advice). The NSC has related articles and materials if you have groups or organizations that would like to learn more at: http://www.nsc.org/act/events/Pages/national-safety-month.aspx. The NSC’s web site has many resources and a free sample guide, “Family Safety and Health.”
From a crime prevention standpoint much of personal safety is built upon situational awareness and being aware of who is around you and if they are behaving normally for the setting. Another crime prevention tip for everyone in the family is to know where you are at all times. What? Yes! If you had to call 911, could you give the operator the address or at least the cross-streets of where you are or any nearby landmarks?
For those with an deeper interest in safety and service opportunities within the community, I recommend exploring what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have to offer regarding information and emergency training. The City of Albuquerque’s web site has a page on CERT for more information at http://www.cabq.gov/office-of-emergency-management/citizen-preparedness/community-emergency-response-team/cert-training.
Property Crime in the Foothills Area Command Reported on Wednesday, May 31st:
10 Stolen Vehicles: 100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 13300-block of Central NE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 2 vehicles at the same address on the 11100-block of Morris St NE, 11200-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE, 13100-block of Tramway NE, 12400-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 10500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 1900-block of Paisano NE. Entries: Broke windows, attempted to kick in front door. Items Stolen: None noted, but indicated that vacant home was occupied by unauthorized persons for several days. NEIGHBORS: This is where APD needs your extra eyes on the block! A call to 242-COPS would have gotten an officer dispatched to the location and our City of Albuquerque Code Enforcement team could have inspected and secured the property.
5 Auto Burglaries: 12500-block of Singing Arrow SE, 11100-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 1400-block of Morris St NE, 1700-block of Paisano NE, 12200-block of Towner NE. Entries: Punched door lock and others not noted at time of research. Items Stolen: Three of five vehicles were attempted auto thefts, leaving damaged interiors. Purse left inside vehicle was stolen. PURSES: We just can’t leave purses in vehicles and walk away — these are ideal targets for a criminal looking for an easy opportunity.
May Property Crime ‘Snapshot’
One of our citizens at a May neighborhood association meeting asked me if I would provide the ‘snapshot’ of reported property crimes that is shared with the community at the Foothills Community Policing Council (CPC) meetings. Here is that tally of property crimes reported in the Foothills during May:
20 armed robberies to businesses, 3 robberies to individuals, 2 robberies/residential, 1 car jacking, 74 vehicles stolen (4 while left unattended with keys inside), 16 commercial burglaries, 50 residential burglaries, 155 auto burglaries and 24 firearms and 2 swords stolen during auto and residential burglaries in May. The trends I noticed were trailers being stolen (parked at homes), vacant homes being targeted for burglaries (vacations, hospital stays, homes for sale, homes being remodeled), more entries to home via open garages and burglars removing window screens and entering through windows into houses.
Be safe, have a great day,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command