Garages: Remember to keep your garage doors closed and secured. We had a vehicle reported stolen yesterday from the open garage. A few years ago I circulated a certificate for our Neighborhood Association/Home Owner Association members to sign and share with their blocks to pledge to be a good neighbor and remind someone if they saw the garage door open. I know we all forget to close the garage door from time to time. I’ve been grateful to an alert neighbor who rang my doorbell at 11:00 p.m. to ask me if I realized my garage door had been open. Neighbors caring for neighbors and being a little extra alert are important components of crime prevention.
Do you leave your ‘life’ or your children’s ‘lives’ in your vehicle? We had several personal documents stolen from vehicles yesterday in the Foothills Area Command that can be used for fraud, forgery, identity theft stolen from parked vehicles yesterday. Purses, wallets, drivers licenses, Social Security cards, birth certificates. Several were children’s documents and personal information. These documents are a part of our lives, but they are private and should be protected. Do you leave your life documents or your children’s life documents in a vehicle and walk away? Bring everything inside with you — although most may think these are just pieces of paper, they can be used to commit long-lasting and damaging white collar crimes that are difficult for investigators to solve and tough to prosecute unless all the pieces are in place and line up. In most cases the disruption is tremendous in the lives of the victims of these types of crimes. Don’t risk it — remove all articles of value from your vehicle when you park including anything with personal information.
Saturday, August 12th is the Foothills Officer & Community Appreciation Day. Come out and join us at the Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center (M3GC to those who love acronyms) at 501 Elizabeth SE from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will be there with our families for food, fun, music and a water splash play area.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, August 9th:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 11200-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
4 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 12300-block of Towner NE, 5000-block of Arroyo Chamisa NE. Cautionary note: A small Japanese sword was inside one of the vehicles reported stolen yesterday. Please remove your weapons when you park your vehicle — if the vehicle is stolen, you have inadvertently armed a criminal with a deadly weapon.
3 Residential Burglaries: 11500-block of Jewel Cave SE, 2700-block of Morris NE, 1200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.
4 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Nakomis NE, 800-block of Marie Park Ne, 1000-block of June St NE, 1800-block of Betts St NE.
One additional incident of a purse stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Pino Canyon NE was called in yesterday, but the caller found her purse and cancelled the call so no case number was issued or police report filed due to cancelling the call.
Fifty percent of these burglaries were to unlocked vehicles; the others were instances of breaking a window and getting inside the vehicle through the sun roof (that’s a lot of effort…). Items stolen were 3 birth certificates and 3 Social Security cards belonging to children, a wallet, a back pack, multiple credit cards, a drivers license, another Social Security card, children’s personal data and a purse.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command