Trending Tuesday: It’s alarming, but I continue to see so many reports about guns being left in parked vehicles in driveways or curbside overnight and stolen. Many of these vehicles that were targeted were left unlocked with deadly weapons inside, some for hours and others overnight. The number of guns being stolen from parked vehicles is staggering. Please take steps to properly secure your firearms — I know you may need your gun at any point in time, but is it really doing you any good for personal protection when it is left in an unoccupied parked vehicle? Check out the options so you can enjoy your freedoms and firearms but still keep them safely out of a criminal’s hands.
Another trend this week in Foothills Area Command property crimes is the continuation of breaking into homes via sliding glass doors and windows. Fortify those sliding glass doors and first level/accessible windows by adding anti-lift / anti-slide mechanisms. There are many types on the market and they allow you to open the window for ventilation and keep that window or sliding glass door in place and prevent lifting or maneuvering it out of the tracks. See what secondary mechanism you can add that fits your needs. If you are an apartment dweller, ask management if they’ll spring for an additional safety mechanism for your sliding glass door or window. As I posted over the past week, check those window screens too and make sure you lock up the windows before you leave the house. Although you have a screen and think that’s a barrier, screens can be cut or removed to enter homes or apartments through windows that were left unlocked. Take the few extra seconds to check and you’ll have peace of mind when you leave that you’ve locked up and left the house as secured as possible.
Another continuing trend continues: residential burglaries to unoccupied homes. Neighbors: this is where you can help! Please call 242-COPS (2677) or 911 as appropriate if you see strange activity at a house where you know the occupant is hospitalized, on vacation, having renovations, etc. Your calls make a difference and some have led to very good arrests of crimes in progress. Call from a safe place and the officer who is dispatched can take it from there.
Thank you to Saranam! Thank you for inviting me and Sergeant Crawford’s team to meet residents and talk to the children about law enforcement mixed with a little safety talk and a lot of fun.
Walk the Block Group Crime Prevention Lesson: I am now booked up for 2017 and will start the Walk the Block group crime prevention lessons next year when the weather gets warm and the days are longer. Thanks to everyone who booked a “Walk the Block with Jill” this year. We had fun and I hope everyone got fresh ideas on crime prevention regarding homes and the overall block. I appreciate your support and I look forward to starting up the group lessons again in 2018.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, August 28th:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial:300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
1 Stolen Vehicle: 2900-block of Vista Del Rey NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: 400-block of Humbolt St SE, 1000-block of Sagebrush Trail SE, 12200-block of Key West Dr NE, 5100-block of Mesa Del Oso Rd NE.
11 Auto Burglaries: 11000-block of Central Ave NE, 10800-block of Habanero Way SE, 11900-block of Gable Ln NE, 200-block of Figueroa, 11500-block of Angellina Pl NE, 2 vehicles in separate incidents at the same address on the 1200-block Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 2 vehicles at the same address in different incidents on the 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, Piedra Lisa Canyon Trail Access, 4900-block of Glenwood Hills Dr NE.
Entries: Unlocked vehicles, windows, damaging door locks. Items stolen: Ruger 9 MM firearm. Wallet, IDs, credit cards, insurance card, driver’s license, set of house keys, set of keys to apartment community amenities, a Taser. Purse, wallet, driver’s license, credit cads, Social Security card, cell phone. A shot glass. NOTE: There were 2 failed attempts to steal vehicles that left extensive interior damage.
If you take a little time to clear out the vehicle before you leave the house and keep it clear of any valuable items, keep important papers with you instead of inside the vehicle and leave nothing visible you will have eliminated tempting items for someone casing your vehicle for a potential burglary. Taking a further step, adding an anti-theft device, alarms, and locking up all add up to deterrence and delay methods. When these are all working together, you can influence a potential auto burglar to move on to a weaker target or decide that your vehicle (now clear of tempting items and being fortified) is not worth the risk to burglarize. Reducing your odds takes a little time and building new habits, but it will save you the aggravation and victimization down the road if you can thwart a burglary.
Have a great day and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command