Another gun stolen, this time from a vehicle parked outside a single-family residence overnight and no signs of forced entry to the vehicle were reported, and the owner thinks the may have been left vehicle unlocked. If you have firearms, please do not leave them in vehicles, park and walk away. Yesterday’s incident brings my tally for the Foothills Area Command to 39 guns reported stolen (the majority stolen from vehicles) in this Area Command from April 1st through yesterday (2nd Quarter 2017 so far). Firearms need to be secured when not in use for everyone’s safety.
The week in review: Our Crime Analysis Unit studies show that for the week of June 6 – June 12 reflect:
Stolen Vehicles: There were 99 vehicles stolen city-wide; the Foothills tallied 14 stolen vehicles — an average of 2 vehicles per day stolen here in the Foothills. Most popular vehicles to steal over that 7-day time period? Chevrolet lead the pack by far (21 / 16 were trucks), followed by Subarus (8) and Nissans (6). The best places last week to steal vehicles in the city of Albuquerque? Single-family residential neighborhoods (39) followed by apartment parking lots (16). What does this tell us? Our neighborhoods are great fishing holes for stealing vehicles — probably due to multiple vehicles (too many for the amount of garages), parking outside so the garage can be full of items instead of used as a secure parking spot for a vehicle, no anti-theft devices for vehicles, poor lighting or landscaping that provides cover for an auto thief and other factors. Come by the Foothills Substation to pick up a brochure on Auto Theft Prevention and a Vehicle ID Card to learn more — our lobby display has these items for the community and we are open Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Auto theft prevention information is also on the City of Albuquerque web site in the Police pages under Crime Prevention (www.cabq.gov/police).
Auto Burglaries: There were 197 reported auto burglaries in the city for that same time period, and the Foothills Area Command had 32 reported, versus 49 for the prior week. Overall, the Foothills Area Command placed fourth of six Area Commands in reported auto burglaries for that week — not the highest, but not the lowest numbers either. If you are a regular reader of this web site, you know I list items stolen from vehicles — this is my way of reminding readers that they must leave nothing of value inside the vehicle when they park. Most of the items taken in auto burglaries will lead to other crimes like identity theft, fraud, forgery, residential burglary and auto theft. As a Block Captain with Neighborhood Watch so succinctly states, “Don’t let convenience make you a victim.” In other words, take a few minutes to bring your items inside with you and clear out the vehicle of items (both visible and tucked into side pockets, center consoles and glove boxes). A locked vehicle with nothing visible inside is often passed by an auto burglar in favor of easier targets.
Residential Burglaries: There were 78 reported city-wide, and the Foothills tallied 15 — second highest number of reported residential burglaries for that week in the city. It was noted by Crime Analysis that our biggest issue here for that time frame with residential burglaries was leaving garage doors open. Start thinking of that garage door as the biggest door to your home — you don’t leave the front door wide open all day and all night — lock up and you’ll be reducing your odds of residential burglary significantly.
I hope you will use the information from our Crime Analysis Unit and the Crime Prevention information to start putting together a crime prevention plan for your home and your vehicle. Just a little bit of prevention in practice can reduce your odds of being a property crime victim.
Property crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, June 13th:
4 Stolen Vehicles: 10800-block of San Jacinto NE, 1400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12300-block of Summer Ave NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 1600-block of Volponi Dr SE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Back window, unforced entries (offenders family members or known to victims). Items stolen: Attempted to steal a refrigerator, various items not detailed at time of research).
6 Auto Burglaries: 200-block of Eubank SE, 1900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 11000-block of Elvin Avenue NE, 11100-block of Haines NE, 12200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles, damaging door locks, breaking a window. Items stolen: iPad, Smith & Wesson 9 MM gun, CDs, tools, camping cooler with food inside. One vehicle had significant damage due to a failed attempt at stealing the vehicle.
A word about timely reporting: Please report all crimes to APD — suffering in silence or feeling the crime is too low-level or that you don’t want to ‘bother’ police hinders our efforts to get accurate views of what is occurring with crime and our efforts to help the community through special projects, outreach, Tactical Plans, Problem-Oriented Policing, etc. Our community is not bothering our officers — we are here to serve you and you have very helpful information and combined with the data from the police reports you file through APD’s channels, Crime Prevention Specialists and the Crime Analysis Units can put together targeted efforts out in the community.
APD tries to make it easy to report crimes via calling 242-COPS (non-emergencies) to have an officer dispatched, going to the substations throughout the city, calling the Telephone Reporting Unit (768-2030), going on-line (www.cabq.gov/police) and now with the APD mobile device app (ABQPolice).
If you report the incident in a timely fashion, APD can respond quickly and be more nimble with deploying resources in areas where we see with upticks, a shift in criminal activity, etc. based on daily information provided by Crime Prevention Specialists to their Area Command leadership. It’s definitely in the community’s best interests to report incidents and do it as soon as possible to help local law enforcement and bolster our efforts in the community.
Be safe, have a great day —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command