Trending Tuesday: I can’t say it enough — vacant homes, vacant homes, vacant homes! I’m seeing a trend of vacant homes being burglarized, and yesterday’s residential burglaries show that of the four reported, three of the four were to vacant homes. These homes are vulnerable targets for burglary.
Vacant homes need our extra eyes and ears on the block looking out for any suspicious persons who do not appear to have any business being at these homes. Whether it’s a neighbor on vacation, in the hospital or the home is vacant while being remodeled or for sale, these homes need some extra attention from alert neighbors. Knowing your neighbors and having emergency contact numbers for each other is really key to good crime prevention and totally within your hands to implement. Letting trusted neighbors know if you will be gone for a few days or up to a few months is very helpful. If you are going t have a house-sitter or someone come in to water plants or work being done while you are away, let those trusted neighbors know. As a neighbor, offer to roll up empty trash bins, collect any newspapers or mail and to check the front porch for packages or door-hanger advertisements for your neighbor. Neighborhood Watches are built on the concept of neighbors looking out for neighbors. It’s being a good neighbor, but also practicing awareness and crime prevention.
The APD offers Periodic Watch services for up to two weeks; the Foothills Substation staff at 332-5240 can place a Periodic Watch on your home if you call here. A Periodic Watch is a request from you to our front office team to relay to officers. If those officers are in between dispatched calls for service they can do a visual check of the house while you are gone. They won’t get out and try all the door handles, lock gates and windows, but it’s an extra measure of visibility and layer of protection for you.
Today or throughout the next week, start to notice if your block has a vacant home and be extra aware. If you see something suspicious or that doesn’t seem quite right, call 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place and report it — an officer will be dispatched based on your call and description that you provide to the operator.
National Night Out is tonight! Here’s a little history on National Night Out.
National Night Out is observed annually on the first Tuesday in August. It is a community police awareness-raising event in the United States. National Night Out was created to increase awareness about police programs in communities. Events around the country are normally organized by Neighborhood Watch blocks, Neighborhood and Home Owner Associations, faith communities, not-for-profit organizations, companies and police departments. These events can be as simple as backyard barbecues or as large as full-blown festivals. National Night Out has been celebrated since 1984 and originated with the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada.
In Albuquerque, our Neighborhood Watches and Neighborhood Associations and HOAs are the hosts and the Foothills Area Command has had churches also host gatherings. It’s a fun night, a social night, a night to renew ties, to meet new friends, welcome new neighbors and engage with local law enforcement and city representatives.
Daily Property Crime in the Foothills: Monday, July 31
1 Robbery/Commercial: 800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 10300-block of Constitution NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 1930-block of Busher St SE, 600-block of Jane St NE, 13200-block of Marquette NE, 1400-block of Monte Largo NE. Forced entries; stole dishwasher, stove, garage door remote, TV.
3 Auto Burglaries: Two at the same address on the 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 2800-block of Palo Verder Dr NE. Entries via breaking windows, damaging locks and stole spare change, cell phone charger, a folder with pictures.
Have a great evening and if you are participating in National Night Out — we are sending APD Foothills representatives to all registered gatherings!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD Foothills Area Command