Trending Tuesday: I continue to see some interesting property crime numbers for the Foothills. Stolen vehicles in our Area Command fell 50% when compared to last week, but we still had 7 stolen vehicles in the last 7 days. Most popular vehicles to steal in Albuquerque over the last 7 days were: Chevys (17), Subarus (9) and Jeeps (8). The most popular places to steal vehicles in Albuquerque over the last 7 days were: Single family residential neighborhoods. This topped out over apartment complexes significantly. The days of the week and times when the most auto thefts are discovered/reported in the Foothills Area Command continues to be on Thursdays and Saturdays between 4:00 – 7:00 a.m. What does this information tell us? Parking vehicles outside of secured garages overnight makes your vehicle a very attractive target.
Auto burglaries in the Foothills Area Command were up slightly for the past 7 days compared to the 7 days prior to that, but just by 5 reported cases. Our Area Command shows 37 auto burglaries for the past 7 days and the city overall had 205 reported auto burglaries for the past 7 days. As far as Area Commands within the city, the Foothills ranked in the top 3 Area Commands for reported auto burglaries. What does this tell us? Far too many citizens are not locking up vehicles, rolling up windows, removing articles and items of value (whether electronics, cell phones and the like or documents with personal information), parking overnight outside of secured garages or in poor lighting or with poor sight lines for passers-by or auto owners able to monitor their vehicles.
Residential burglaries for the past 7 days in the Foothills Area Command were down, moving from 15 reported cases to 10. Our Area Command had the same number of reported residential burglaries as the South West and North West Area Commands and the Foothills Area Command had fewer cases of reported residential burglaries than the South East, North East and Valley Area Commands. Does this mean we are “doing okay” and to “let your guard down?” No! It means to remember to practice crime prevention around the home: lock up, check windows, window screens, add additional mechanisms to windows to prevent lifting/sliding windows out of the tracks, keep the garage door closed and secured, and probably the best crime deterrent: form Neighborhood Watch groups. Look out for one another, take a moment to alert a neighbor if the garage door has been left open, call 242-COPS and report suspicious characters or door-to-door solicitors who do not respect your No Solicitors signs. Call our substation if you have questions at 332-5240 and we have plenty of free “No Solicitors” signs in our lobby with accompanying literature about why the signs are important. To form a Neighborhood Watch, contact Steve Sink at 244-6644 — he’ll get you started.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, June 19th:
2 Armed Robberies/Commercial: 1200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 2300-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.
1 Armed Robbery/to an Individual: 12500-block of Central NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 3100-block of Jane Pl NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 12100-block of Summer Ave NE. Entry not determined, but owner arrived home to find garage door open.
5 Auto Burglaries: 12800-block of Copper NE, 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 12300-block of Haines NE, 12400-block of Chelwood Place NE, 5400-block of Veronica Dr NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles. Items stolen: Purse and contents. Wallet and contents. Personal documents and pay stubs.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command