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Operation Hope / Officer and Community Appreciation Day / Venting Garages / Property Crime

Operation Hope:  The APD Chaplain Unit and Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico are in full swing with Operation Hope “Making A Difference” school supply and back pack drive.  Donations can be dropped off at the Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Boulevard NE during business hours (Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  Items needed include back to school shoes, pencils, erasers, pens (black-blue-red), crayons, colored pencils, color markers, water color paints, highlighters, wide ruled paper, college ruled paper, spiral notebooks, binders, pocket folders, index tabs/dividers, safety scissors, rulers, glue, glue sticks, calculators, ruled index cards, combination locks, tissue, paper towels, wipes, back packs, lunch bags, shoes, socks, underwear.  If you prefer to donate cash or gift cards or have questions about this project, contact Patricia Savage with APD at (505) 249-8606.  Operation Hope “Making A Difference” will continue through August 1st.


Officer and Community Appreciation Day:  The APD Foothills Area Command will be hosting the annual Officer and Community Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 12th at the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center at 501 Elizabeth SE (Elizabeth & Southern) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There will be food, fun and family activities for the community and our police officers and their families.   Would you like to help?  We need volunteers to help before, during and after the event — call the APD Foothills Substation at 332-5240 and the front desk staff will sign you up for a volunteer shift.  Would you like to donate for food and beverages with a gift card?  Contact APD Foothills Day Watch Lieutenant John Gonzales at 332-5240.


Venting Garages:  One of our Foothills Area Command citizens contacted me about being alarmed at the number of neighbors who leave their garages open 10-14″ to vent the garage.  If you are doing this, please realize that you are providing an entry point and inviting a potential burglary, auto theft, or personal attack.  I know we are going through the long, hot summer heat right now, but this is a personal decision for home owners.  Criminals have been known to shimmy under these openings provided by residents or to send a child under the garage door to open the door for the adult.  Controlling your environment is key to reducing your odds of being a victim of crime. Thanks Ann M. for contacting me — you are 100% correct that partially open garage doors can attract a crime.


Property Crimes reported on Tuesday, July 11th in the Foothills Area Command:

1 Armed Robbery/Commercial:  4700-block of Tramway NE.

1 Robbery to an Individual:  Tramway/Central NE area.

4 Stolen Vehicles:  12100-block of Central NE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 3000-block of Jane Place NE, 12700-block of Constitution Ave NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  11500-block of Mahlon Ave NE, 9900-block of Spain NE.  Entries: damaging the front door and the other not listed.  Items stolen:  300-pound safe and $12,000 cash inside, various personal items.

5 Auto Burglaries:  500-block of Elizabeth SE, 2100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 9800-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 12900-block of Indian School Rd NE, 13300-block of Desert Flower Rd NE.  Entries:  Prying and breaking windows.  Items stolen:  2 hunting knives, tools, wallet, purse, various IDs and bank cards, gym bag/clothing, cowboy boots, designer sunglasses.


Have a great day — be safe and I hope readers can participate in the Foothills Officer and Community Appreciation Day and the Operation Hope “Making A Difference” back to school drive.

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