Walking the Block: Thanks to Wanda U., pro-active Singing Arrow neighborhood resident who organized the “Walk the Block with Jill” crime prevention lesson last night. Sergeant Larry Middleton and I really enjoyed meeting those who attended and teaching some crime prevention tips based on the homes on the west end of Piru SE.
“Walk the Block with Jill” is a group crime prevention lesson using your own block and features of the homes on the block as illustrations of crime prevention principles. If you would like to book a Walk the Block with me, call the Foothills Area Command substation at 332-5240 and ask for Jill Garcia. My calendar is filling up fast and the Walk the Blocks conclude when the days get shorter for safety and practical reasons. If you are interested in an early evening booking for your block I have a few Tuesday evenings left for October. If you can’t book one with me, these types of lessons will be available next year when the weather is mild and we have longer daylight hours to attract more participation from neighbors.
Unlocked vehicles and guns: We had an auto burglary reported yesterday in the Foothills Area Command where a back pack was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in a two-minute time frame. The back pack had two guns inside. I need your help to spread the word that we cannot afford to leave guns, items of value or importance inside an unattended vehicle. Especially an unlocked vehicle. Don’t risk being a victim with the notion that you can’t be an auto burglary victim if you are just dropping by somewhere for a quick errand, walking to check your mail box at the apartment community, dashing inside the convenience store, dropping off or picking up children at the day care or school, etc. You greatly reduce your odds of being a victim by removing anything visible, carrying fewer items and keeping them with you and locking up and rolling up vehicle windows.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, August 22nd:
3 Stolen Vehicles: 1000-block of Maverick Ln SE, 11100-block of Gibson Ave SE, 3900-block of Doroteo Pl NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 1100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 1400-block of Marcella NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia NE (this was a combination auto theft and residential burglary in one incident/location).
6 Auto Burglaries: 4 of 6 were to unlocked vehicles! 1100-block of Salinas St SE,1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, Embudo Canyon trail head, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE, 12500-block of Comanche Rd NE, 10400-block of Gutierrez Rd NE. Entries: 4 unlocked vehicles, 1 smash & grab, 1 method of entry not noted at time of research. Items stolen: Two handguns in a back pack. A work-issued laptop. Several important documents and vehicle registration. A wallet. A purse, driver’s license, credit cards, vehicle registration and insurance document and a make up bag. One failed attempt to steal a vehicle led to damage trying to back the vehicle out around the caller’s other vehicle.
Have a great day and be safe!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command