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Save the Date! Officer/ Foothills Community Appreciation Day / Property Crime over the Weekend

Save the Date!  The Foothills Area Command Officer and Community Appreciation Day is coming up —

When:  Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where:  Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE

Want to help? What do we need help with?

Gift card donations for food/beverages:  Contact Lt. John Gonzales 332-5240.

Volunteers to help before, during and after the event:  Contact the Foothills front office staff to sign up at 332-5240.

There will be family activities, a splash zone, food and fun.  Please save the date and join us.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command this weekend from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9:

1 Armed Robbery/Commercial:  300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

1 Armed Robbery to an Individual:  700-block of Eubank Blvd SE.

7 Stolen Vehicles:  13000-block of Central NE, 300-block of Dunes Pl SE, 10800-block  Comanche Rd NE, 1400-block of  Eubank Blvd NE, 3100-block of Jane Pl NE, 1100-block of Gretta St NE, 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

7 Residential Burglaries:  11100-block of Gibson SE, 200-block of Lanier Dr SE, 200-block of Zena Lona NE, 500-block of  Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1800-block of Morris St NE, 10100-block of Menaul, 2000-block of Father Sky St NE.  Entries:  Unlocked windows, unlocked doors, using house keys, damaging door/door frame.  Items stolen:  Computers, credit cards.

11 Auto Burglaries: 11000-block of Vistazo Pl SE, 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 12000-block of Zia Rd NE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 1200-block of Setter Dr NE, 1200-block of Blue Quail Rd NE, 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 1100-block of Narcisco NE, 1300-block of Sierra Larga NE, 13200-block of Mountain Shadow Rd NE, 5800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.  Entries:  Unlocked vehicles, damaged door locks to gain entry, broke windows to make entry.  Items stolen:  $3,000 cash, checks and checkbook, bank cards, garage door opener, multiple purses, tools, laptops, stereo, 4 chairs, toolbox, vehicle insurance card.

Auto-related property crimes seem to have taken center-stage over the weekend.  Many high-dollar value items and items to use in other crimes were stolen from parked vehicles.  About 7 of the 11 auto burglaries were in single-family residential neighborhoods, far out-pacing commercial/shopping areas and large apartment complex parking lots.  This tells me that we continue to have lax attitudes about securing our property when parking outside secured garages in our neighborhoods.  Don’t make your vehicle a weak target:  remove all items of value and things with personal information, lock up, park in well lit areas with good visibility so a passer-by would be able to see any tampering with your vehicle and could call 911.  Invest in an anti-theft device for added security — whether low tech (ignition kill switch, brake lock, etc.) or high tech (alarms).

Be safe, have a great week ahead and call our front office staff at 332-5240 if you would like to sign up as a volunteer for the Officer/Community Appreciation Day event next month or call Lieutenant John Gonzales at 332-5240 if you would like to donate a raffle prize or gift card for food and beverages.

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