Foothills Area Command Neighborhood Watch Block Captain’s Story: One of our Neighborhood Watch Block Captains in the Foothills Area Command relayed an incident to me this morning about a bit of a hectic night last night. This Block Captain has a very long driveway that goes up a hill some distance from her home, so her visibility to the end of the drive has to balanced with beefed-up crime prevention techniques. She has driveway sensors placed along driveway that alert inside the home with a chime sound so she is aware when someone is approaching the home from the driveway. In addition, she has security cameras strategically placed at her home. After 9:00 p.m. last night her driveway sensor chime alerted her and she checked her camera and saw two males walking up her driveway, proceed to try to jiggle the door handles of her locked truck and looked inside the truck to see a ‘club’ type of anti-theft device inside the truck. One of the two also tried to damage her security camera before the pair fled. Our responding officer worked with the Block Captain and her husband and wrote a police report and about an hour later, someone came back to the home and threw a beer bottle at the security camera that had recorded the pair’s actions. All of this occurred within about an hour or so.
The Block Captain’s prevention measures she had placed around her home helped boost her security needs for the necessity of parking a truck outside the garage. Driveway sensors, security camera system, truck doors locked, an anti-theft device clearly visible to potential auto thieves and calling police immediately all helped prevent an auto theft or burglary last night. This Block Captain is in close contact with her neighbors and when our officer was there taking the police report, other neighbors came out to speak to the officer about vandalism in the area. As a result of having a solid base of calls to 242-COPS (2677), I was able to request a Periodic Watch on the house and the general area with specific nights and times and the officer who responded also placed a Periodic Watch on the home for the rest of her night shift.
This is how crime prevention practices, Neighborhood Watches and layering property with protective measures can Deter – Delay – Deny a potential burglar or auto thief access to our vehicles and homes. These things all came into play last night for our Block Captain. The information your calls to 242-COPS and 911 provide help APD with tactical plans, special projects, tracking developing ‘hot spots’ or areas to focus in to work more efficiently and patterns. If you see something suspicious call it in to APD 242-COPS or 911 from a a safe place. Thanks to this outstanding Foothills Area Command Block Captain for quick and calm action and connecting with police, neighbors and discussing this with the local Crime Prevention Specialist the next day.
A Special “Hello” to little Juliet! I hope you are not scared of police officers or sirens any more after your visit to our substation and meeting me, Officer Friedfertig, Lt. Simmons and Commander Aragon. Thanks for coming to meet all of us and I hope you will see police officers as your friends and protectors now.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, August 29th
3 Stolen Vehicles: 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 10100-block of Lagrime De Oro Rd NE, 14400-block of Piedras Rd NE (recovered vehicle same day).
2 Residential Burglaries: 13000-block of Central NE, 11700-block of Sky Valley Way NE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 13500-block of Skyline Rd NE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, Eldorado High School, 4500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles, damaged door locks, breaking windows. Items Stolen: Purse, driver’s license. Stereo system. Tools. Louis Vuitton wallet, driver’s license, school ID, debit card. Books.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command