Trending Tuesday: The APD mobile app is here! The app, ABQPolice, is full of great features —
- Alerts: Important information that APD wants to provide to the community quickly (Silver Alerts for example).
- In-Progress Report for thefts, threats, fights, sexual assault, abuse, disruptive behavior, mental health, car accidents, vandalism, officer commendations, officer misconduct and the ability to connect with 911. You can also add photos through In-Progress Report and locations and contact information for follow up.
- Report Chat: submit a tip and follow up and chat with someone from APD.
- File a Report online for auto burglary, auto vandalism, lost property, telephone harassment, theft or larceny, vandalism.
- Crime Maps: types of crimes that occurred and mapping.
- Directory of APD units.
- Substation Locator.
- News from APD.
- Crimestoppers tips.
- Social media paths to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
I hope every reader will add the ABQPolice app to their phones and tablets.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, June 5, 2017
1 Car Jacking:12000-block of Candelaria NE.
2 Stolen Vehicles: 11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 13600-block of Embudo Court NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 13100-block of Summer Place NE. Entry via garage; stole jewelry, wallets, cash, IDs, credit cards.
6 Auto Burglaries: 11800-block of Marquette NE, 3600-block of Britt NE, 11700-block of Fox Point Lane NE, 1200-block of Nakomis, 12800-block of Indian School Road NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles, breaking windows, damaging door locks. Items stolen: Three of six vehicles were attempts to steal vehicles causing damages. A bag left on a seat. $1,200 in tools left in vehicle. Payroll check, gift cards and perfume.
Habits: As you can see, our biggest property crime issues revolve around your wheels. Lock up, remove all items of value when you park, pare down what you normally drive around with in the vehicle. Park in areas with good visibility where a passer-by could see and call 911 if they see you vehicle being tampered with or someone who is looking inside vehicles. At night park under good lighting. Keep those windows rolled up — with summer’s arrival, many of us ‘vent’ the vehicle and forget to secure it by rolling up the windows. If you have a garage, park inside the garage and move the cardboard boxes and piles of other items that prevent you from using the garage for it’s intended purpose: a secure place to stow your vehicle. The items stolen in just one day will probably be fueling more crimes: tools are hot-ticket items and re-sold, payroll checks and other personal documents are used to commit fraud and identity theft. Gift cards will be re-sold or traded most likely. If the perfume that was stolen was in the box and unopened, a criminal may try to return it to a store for a cash refund or sell it.
We are all part of a bigger picture and have to focus on what’s in our control regarding crime: control your own environment by putting crime prevention methods into place and you will be pushing a potential criminal act away. These victims on Monday were exercising habits regarding their vehicles that worked just fine, until Monday. It’s time to re-think those old habits that don’t serve you anymore. All of us have a role here to deter – delay – deny a criminal from targeted our property. Do what you can, think about what you drive around with inside your vehicle, pare down to the essentials, remove items that may be tempting to a ‘smash & grab’ type of criminal.
Have a great day today and I hope I’ve started some readers towards changing old habits. For a new habit, try out the ABQPolice app and be tapped into the Albuquerque Police Department.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command