Trending Tuesday: Again, it’s the garage doors being left open providing an easy entry into homes that is having a negative impact on our residential burglaries. Try to remember that the garage door is the biggest door to your home and provides access to not only the garage, but for most dwellings, it provides direct access into the home. Regarding our auto burglaries, I am still seeing many purses left behind in parked vehicles that area stolen. It’s sad for me to see the number of purses being stolen from vehicles because it is a preventable crime and I know that many of the items inside the purse will be used to try to commit further crimes, like fraud or identity theft.
The good news is that if you control your own environment your odds of being a victim of crime are greatly reduced. What does that mean? Lock up. Don’t leave valuables in parked cars. Don’t forget to secure garages whether that actual garage door itself or a side door leading into the garage. Pull together as neighbors and alert a neighbor if their garage door has been open for a while. Be willing to call 242-COPS (2677), the APD non-emergency number, if you see a stranger in the area knocking and banging on doors, claiming to look for a lost puppy, asking for a fictitious person at your house, etc. These are all legitimate ‘suspicious persons’ calls to APD. Then alert your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain to communicate to the rest of the block that you called police. Connection, communication and controlling the environment will all help you as a community reduce the potential for crime on your block.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, July 10th:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
3 Stolen Vehicles: 500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 13500-block of Keesha Jo SE, 3400-block of Montreal NE. Entries: One not sure, the other via an open garage door. Stolen: Golf clubs, 47″ TV, jewelry, computers.
3 Auto Burglaries: 2400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 12900-block of Indian School Rd NE, 10700-block of Lagrima De Oro NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicle, pried open vehicle door, breaking windows. Stolen: Five prescription medications, multiple drivers licenses, an EBT card, multiple health care cards, a library card and 3 purses. These were all left in vehicles that were parked outside a secured garage overnight, parked while enjoying entertainment and parked while enjoying a sporting event. Leave the purse at home or bring it with you when you park to avoid being a victim of this type of crime.
If you would like to form a Neighborhood Watch through the APD Crime Prevention Unit to learn basic crime prevention and connect with neighbors, contact APD’s Steve Sink at 244-6644. These groups are about connecting block by block, being willing to call 242-COPS or 911 from a safe place and do not involve any patrols, confronting or chasing suspicious people. The Neighborhood Watch program is about building unity block by block and becoming more aware and about neighbors looking out for one another.
Be safe, have a great day —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command