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CPC Meeting Reminder / Another Gun Stolen from a Vehicle / Property Crime on the Weekend / Prevention Tips

Reminder:  The next Foothills Community Policing Council meeting will be on Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE.  The community is encouraged to attend.

Another gun stolen from a parked, unattended (for several days) vehicle.  Do not leave firearms in parked vehicles and walk away.  Firearms left inside unattended vehicles are being stolen at an alarming rate!

Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command over the weekend (Friday – Sunday, June 2-4):

5 Armed Robberies/Commercial: 13100-block of Central NE, 12500-block of Central NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 2400-block of Juan Tabo NE, 11000-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

3 Armed Robberies to an Individual:   100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 2100-block of Eubank Blvd NE,11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

7 Stolen Vehicles:  12800-block of Dorado SE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 900-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 3100-block of  Candlelight NE, 1400-block of Chihuahua NE, 1600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Commercial Burglaries:  11900-block of Central NE, 12700-block of Candelaria Rd NE.

6 Residential Burglaries:   1800-block of Morris NE, 13400-block of Lomas Blvd NE,  3700-block of Glen Canyon Rd NE, two separate incidents on the 5300-block of Carruthers NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Entries:  Some unforced entries.  Removing window screen and entering via window.  Damaging front door.  Using the key.  Using garage door opener stolen earlier in the day from the victim’s vehicle.  Items Stolen:  Three tablets, a TV still in the box, jewelry, then proceeded to victim’s vehicle and stole gun left inside the vehicle.  Keys to mail box and other areas. Checkbook, mail, credit cards, debit card, jewelry, keys to a second home and keys to a storage unit.

9 Auto Burglaries:  11400-block of Central NE,  11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 1800-block of Dorothy St NE, 2800-block of Palo Verde Dr NE, 5500-block of Zambra Pl NE, 4500-block of Banff Dr NE, 4400-block of Morris NE, 4300-block of Morris NE, 13400-block of Lomas.  Entries:  Damaging doors, breaking windows, leaving vehicles unlocked.  Items Stolen:  Gun left inside unattended vehicle for several days.  Vehicle battery. Entire contents of center console.  Vehicle’s computer module.  Purse left inside unlocked vehicle.  Tools.  Offender(s) damaged vehicle while attempting to steal it.  Stereo system.

Crime Prevention Tips:  Lessons learned from the weekend crimes listed above —

The importance of reporting suspicious behavior:  We had a residential burglary that also resulted in an auto burglary and a neighbor witnessed a strange man climbing into the neighbor’s window, but I do not show a record of any calls to 242-COPS that day alerting police to this incident at the address  This is a perfect 242-COPS call to make!  If this neighbor had called 242-COPS on the spot from a safe place while witnessing this incident, we may have had one less residential and auto burglary and a gun in the owner’s hands and not a criminal’s hands.  When you see something that just doesn’t add up or seem normal for your neighborhood, call that in to APD’s non-emergency number 242-COPS (2677) — you may the one to prevent a crime from occurring by making that call!  APD needs extra eyes and ears on the block helping out with reporting suspicious incidents and you can be anonymous when you call 242-COPS if that is more of a comfort level to make that call.  Officers would be much happier to look for a suspicious person or vehicle than see another victim of a residential or auto burglary.

Leaving guns in vehicles:  You already know that I see this as dangerous if you ferry kids in your vehicle and leave a gun in the vehicle and have to make a quick stop.  Kids are curious — if they are left alone in the car for a few minutes and want to see the gun or play with it, a tragedy could occur.  I also see this as dangerous because we inadvertently supply the criminal population with firearms by leaving guns in vehicles if that vehicle is burglarized.

Windows at entry points to home:  Lock your windows when you leave the house.  Invest in a secondary lock or mechanism to prevent the window from being slid or lifted off the tracks.  If you have an alarm or are going to get an alarm system, have the windows monitored.  There are many types of gadgets to keep your windows from being slid or lifted out of the tracks — there is something for everybody’s budget and home.

Garage door openers:  Often, these are left in parked vehicles and are stolen with vehicle registrations to get the victim’s address.  This provides the offender the home address and a way inside the home.  If you have a garage door opener in the car, on the visor, in the center console or glove box or side pocket bring that with you when you park.  Start thinking of the garage door as the biggest door to your home and the garage door opener as a ‘key’ to that big door.

Keys:  Keep current with who has keys to your home.  Sometimes relationships change and the person with your house key is no longer trustworthy.  Then it’s time to re-key.

Be a “Minimalist” when it comes to your vehicle:  Leave nothing visible inside your vehicle and bring in the vehicle registration and insurance documents with you, garage door openers, purses, wallets, cell phones, tools, etc.  Your odds of being an auto burglary victim are greatly reduced if you have nothing visible inside the vehicle and lock up.  If you are burglarized, there won’t be much to steal if you have brought in important documents and property.

Have a good day and I hope your week is off to a good start!  Be safe,

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