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FYI: A little about the Foothills Area Command / Property Crimes / Property crimes reported in the Foothills on Thursday, July 27 —

FYI: Do you ever wonder how much area the APD Foothills Area Command covers?  Our area is from Eubank Blvd NE (the north bound side of Eubank) to the open space/city limits and from Pompano SE just on the other side of the Kirtland Air Force Base fence all the way up to Paseo Del Norte from the Estates at Tanoan homes to High Desert homes.  The Foothills Area Command has a CNM campus, many schools, hotels/motels, lots of retail space and restaurants/entertainment sites and of course, apartment communities and single-family residential neighborhoods.  We have 40 recognized Neighborhood Associations/Home Owner Associations and coalitions of neighborhoods for City Council Districts 8 and 9.  We have about 242 recognized Neighborhood Watch groups that are considered to be active.  We are also blessed with spectacular trails and parks for recreational activities or just to contemplate the beauty of our city.  We have major traffic arterials; Tramway, I-40, Central, Montgomery, Juan Tabo, Eubank, and other busy streets that carry thousands of people from one point to another day and night.  If you see one of our police officers in the Foothills Area Command, say hello!

Property Crimes:  Just what are property crimes?  Robbery (to a person, a business, a home invasion, or a car-jacking), Auto Theft (stealing the vehicle), Burglary (to a home, business or vehicle).  Property crimes are mostly crimes of opportunity.  An attractive target, a motivated criminal and an good opportunity that outweighs risk of getting caught is the equation that equals a crime being committed.

What can you do to prevent crime as a citizen?  Remove potential targets (your property), layer targets with protective measures (locks, fences, lighting, etc.) and you will immediately reduce the odds of being a crime victim in most cases.  Control what you can control:  locking up, being aware and willing to call police from a safe place to report criminal or suspicious activity and you’ve already fought half the battle!  Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg and very general.  Your APD Area Command Crime Prevention Specialists can help you become more aware and savvy about ways to reduce your odds of being a property crime victim.  Every APD Area Command has a Crime Prevention Specialist ready to assist you with questions and recommendations.  I’ve found Neighborhood Watch groups to be effective if the members stay connected with each other and willing to call police and then alert the block members of suspicious activity.  Get to know your Foothills Area Command team — stop by the substation to pick up crime prevention literature in the lobby, go to community meetings, get engaged.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, July 27th:

1 Robbery/Commercial:  400-block of Paisano.

2 Stolen Vehicles:  200-block of Eubank Blvd SE and 3100-block of Jane Pl NE.

3 Residential Burglaries:  600-block of Grace St NE, 12600-block of Nambe Ave NE, 4200-block of Spanish Bit NE.  Entries:  Forced entries to front door and a window and a garage entry.  Items stolen:  22 semi-auto rifle, BB gun, CPU, cash, checkbook, PlayStation and games, jewelry, watches, cash, boxes from garage.

3 Auto Burglaries:  10400-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 12200-block of Towner NE, 4200-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Entries:  Not listed at time of research.  Items stolen:  Custom made ring, keys, and damaged two vehicle interiors due to failed attempts to steal the vehicles.


Have a great weekend and be safe,

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