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Please welcome Commander Aragon to the Foothills! / Property Crime over the Weekend / More guns stolen from vehicles

Please welcome Commander Aragon to the Foothills Area Command:  I just wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself.

I am the new Area Commander for the Foothills Area Command.  I currently have 19 plus  years of law enforcement experience and have been with APD for 17 years.  I was a lieutenant for the past 7 years and most recently came from the Valley Area Command, where I was the PACT (Police and Community Together) Lieutenant.  Prior to that, I spent 2 years at the Crime Lab over crime scene investigations.  I am thrilled to be here in the Foothills and look forward to working with all of you in the future.

The area command currently has a PACT lieutenant and I hope to have a PACT sergeant soon.  PACT is dedicating to community policing and their purpose to build partnerships with the community and help solve community issues and concerns.  We will be looking to add 6 officers to the PACT unit in the future.  In addition, I am working on bringing bike patrol back to the area command.  Bike officers are very popular and would be a great addition to our community policing efforts here.

Thank you volunteering your time and efforts to be involved in our community.

Fernando L. Aragon


Albuquerque Police Department

Jeffrey Cole Russell Memorial Substation


Property Crimes reported over the weekend in the Foothills Area Command (Friday 8/18, Saturday 8/19, and Sunday 8/20)

5 Stolen Vehicles: 11100-block of Gibson SE, 700-block of Fox Ln SE, 600-block of Vista Abajo Dr NE, 9700-block of Claremont Ave NE, 1400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE.

3 Commercial Burglaries:  11100-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 3800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10700-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 10100-block of Maya Ct NE.

17 Auto Burglaries:  10800 Crissy Field Wy SE, 700-block of Morris St NE, 12600-block of Monarch Dr NE, 600-block of Paisano St NE, 14100-block of Sedrev Rd NE, 1500-block of Shirley St NE, 10700-block of Apache Ave NE, 10000-block of Los Arboles Ae NE, 10300-block of Betts Dr NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12200-block of Woodland Dr NE, 12200-block of Cedar Ridge Dr NE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, three vehicles at the Elena Gallegos parking area, Michael Emery Trail parking area (Spain & High Desert).  Entries:  Several unlocked vehicles, vehicle with window partially rolled down, damaged a door lock and broke windows to access items left inside vehicles.  Items stolen:  Camera, digital camers, iPhone ear bugs, watch.  Loaded Smith & Wesson 38 special.  Pain medication prescription, Beatz headphoones, cell phone, chargers, auxiliary cables, EBT card, house keys, post office mail box keys, tried to steal stereo and unsuccessful.  Tools.  Wallet and failed at attempt to try to steal the vehicle.  Ruger pistol.  Large hunting knife and failed attempt to steal vehicle.  Security guard badge, spare vehicle keys, apartment keys, handicap placard, clothing and $35 cash.  Two purses.


More guns stolen from vehicles:  Please bring your firearms inside when you park or secure them in a safe. If you are a regular reader, you already know what a big problem this is (leaving guns in parked vehicles, walking away and in many cases, not locking the vehicle) in our city.  My tally shows the Foothills Area Command (generally everything east of Eubank in city limits) has had 7 weapons reported stolen in August so far from auto and residential burglaries.  There were more firearms stolen this weekend at our sole residential burglary, but no count was available at the time of my research.  Year to date, my tally shows 144 firearms reported stolen in the Foothills during burglaries.  This is significant in my mind — the danger this poses to the overall community is staggering.  Most want their firearms with them in case of emergency or with them for sport/practice, but do the majority of these guns really need to be left in parked vehicles?

What to do?  Please look into ways to secure your firearms when they are not being used.  Have a property inventory of your weapons with make, model, caliber, serial numbers and any added features or details that make the firearm unique.  Keep your inventory in a safe and accessible place and keep it up to date.  If you have children or grandchildren in your home, check into trigger locks or a locking mechanism for safety.  Keep ammo in a separate place from the weapon.  There are a wide variety of gun safes out there — see what fits your budget and situation.  Consider your situation if you are burglarized when at work — most burglars know where to look for firearms in a home.  Go the extra mile to be sure you are securing your firearms.


Thanks for reading today and be safe,

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