Trending Tuesday: Over the last week, the number of stolen vehicles has dropped both citywide and for the Foothills. For the past seven days, the Foothills Area Command and the North West Area Command both were the Area Commands with the lowest number of vehicles stolen for that seven day period. There is a shift, however, with locations for auto thefts — citywide, apartment parking lots moved back up to the location(s) with the most vehicles stolen and single-family residential neighborhoods were tallied as only one case behind the apartment parking lots for locations to steal vehicles. Most popular vehicles that were stolen citywide over the last seven days were: Chevrolets (17 total, 7 of the 17 were trucks), Fords (15 total, 8 of the 15 were trucks), and Subarus (4 total, 3 of the 4 stolen were 1990’s Legacies). The peak days of the week and time of day for the Foothills Area Command to steal a vehicle continues to be Thursdays and Saturdays between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Continue to lock up, park in secured garages if possible, take a look at lighting were you park, make good choices about the sight lines to your vehicle from your home and the neighbors’ homes and decide if you want to invest in a low-tech or high-tech anti-theft device. I can visit your home by appointment to make recommendations if you contact me at 768-2220 or by email at email@example.com.
Auto burglaries continue in the 3-digit range and auto thefts are crimes of opportunity. Reduce or remove the opportunity and your odds of being a victim of an auto burglary will drop significantly. Citywide for the last seven days Albuquerque Police took 179 auto burglary reports; the Foothills Area Command had 31 and were were right in the middle of the tally for all six APD Area Commands. However, the overall numbers and the Foothills Area Command numbers for auto burglaries that were reported are down compared to the June 13-19 time period. I continue to see many victims reporting stolen purses, wallets, cell phones, laptops, iPads, work and gym bags, and lots of identification cards/papers and access badges to work or secured sites. I list the items stolen in auto burglaries to try to drive home awareness of just how much we leave in our unattended vehicles — I hope if you have a habit of leaving items in your vehicle that you’ll break that old habit and start being more pro-active about your property.
Our residential burglaries were up just by two cases citywide for the last seven day compared to the June 13-19 period. Foothills Area Command stayed at the same number and we were tied for second lowest number of residential burglaries for the last seven days with the South West Area Command. Entries continue to be leaving doors or windows unlocked, garages open and prying open back doors/windows. Neighbors looking out for neighbors will help with this issue — you see more than you realize! Be willing to reach out, exchange contact information with your neighbors and be willing to call 242-COPS from a safe place if you see something suspicious for your block. To form a Neighborhood Watch call APD’s Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a starter kit — these groups have been highly successful with building strong, united neighborhoods when they implement the APD Crime Prevention recommendations and stay engaged.
Property Crime on Monday, June 26th in the Foothills Area Command
3 Stolen Vehicles: 600-block of Dorothy St NE, 12000-block of Central NE, 13400-block of Turquoise NE.
3 Commercial Burglaries: 200-block of Dorado SE, 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 900-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 13400-block of Rachel SE. Entry: pried open back door.
3 Auto Burglaries: 13300-block of Central NE, 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, 12500-block of Comanche Rd NE. Entries: unlocked vehicle, smashing windows. Items Stolen: a 30″ TV, a laptop, an iPad, credit cards, wallet.
Reminders: It’s hot! We still have swim passes at the Foothills Substation for 17-years old youths and under for a one-time admission to participating city and county pools. This keeps kids cool, out of arroyos and ditches and active.
The APD app is up and running: ABQPolice is full of information and resources for the community.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD Foothills Area Command