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Hot Wheels / Wanted: 1 Face Painter / Officer & Community Appreciation Day / Ntl. Coast Guard Day / Property Crimes on Thursday

Hot Wheels:  Our Crime Analysis Unit came out this week with the most popular vehicles to steal city-wide between July 24-30:  Chevys (34, and 22 of 34 were trucks), Fords (22, and 14 of 22 were trucks), Hondas (12).

Most popular places to steal vehicles city-wide last week?  Single family residential neighborhoods (38 cases), followed by apartment parking lots (34 cases) and then hotel parking lots (11).

What are the numbers?  There were 120 vehicles reported stolen city-wide during that time frame and the Foothills Area Command had 19 stolen vehicles reported that week.  The Area Commands all ranged between 33 reported stolen vehicles to 12 that week throughout our city, so the Foothills Area Command came in right around the middle of the pack for that time period.

When are these auto thefts happening?  The Foothills Area Commands most prevalent days and times for vehicles to be stolen is still holding at between 4-7:00 a.m. on Thursdays and Saturday, but remember:  this is when the auto theft is discovered, not necessarily when the vehicle was actually taken.

I hope this information is helpful to you and that the Crime Analysis Unit is recognized for the fantastic job they do with the data to help us all out.  You can track crime on to see where types of crimes are occurring that resulted in police reports being written if you want to know more than the daily property crimes that I post about on this site.


Wanted:  One Face Painter for our APD Foothills Area Command Officer and Community Appreciation Day Celebration.  We can’t pay for services, but if a face painter out there would like to set up and do some face painting, it would be great and much appreciated.  Call us at (505) 332-5240 if you would like to donate your time and skills for part of the event.


Officer and Community Appreciation Day:  The Foothills Area Command will be hosting a community event for families on Saturday, August 12th at the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center at 501 Elizabeth SE from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The center’s splash zone will be operational, so bring flip flops and a towel and change of dry clothes for the little ones if they want to play in the water splash area.  There will be food and families are encouraged to come by for the whole day or stop by and have lunch with our Foothills officers and their families.


National Coast Guard Day:  Today is National Coast Guard Day.  The Coast Guard was formed in 1790 through an act of Congress and started out with a fleet of 10 vessels.  During peacetime, the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security, but can be transferred to the United States Navy by the President any time deemed necessary or by Congress during times of war.  Recently, the Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives during Hurricane Katrina, the majority of this in dangerous conditions.  For those of you who read Sebastian Junger’s “The Perfect Storm” you will be familiar with the grueling and rigorous training required of the Coast Guard and the heroism shown in the rescue attempts related to the fishing vessel Andrea Gail in the book.  As you enjoy your Friday and your weekend, I hope you’ll pause to reflect on the courage and commitment of our Coast Guard members both past and present.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, August 3:

1 Robbery to an Individual:  5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

5 Stolen Vehicles:  11300-block of Central NE, 12900-block of Piru SE, 12800-block of Dunes SE, 11300-block of Brussels NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  1200-block of Willy’s Knight Ave NE and 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.  Entries:  Removing screens from windows, breaking windows.

5 Auto Burglaries:  500-block of Tassy Ct SE:, two separate incidents at two addresses on the 11100-block of Haines Ave NE, 3800-block of Big Bend Rd NE, 10800-block of Kielich Ave NE.  Entries:  forced entries.  Items stolen:  one attempt to steal the vehicle leaving damage, other cases did not have specific items listed at time of research.



Have a great weekend and be safe,

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