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New Foothills Neighborhood Watch Group / Phone Scam / Community Reminders: Upcoming events / Property Crime on Thu. 9/7/17.

New Foothills Area Command Neighborhood Watch Group Formed:  Thank you to the residents on Cenaroca Court NE in the Supper Rock neighborhood for forming a Neighborhood Watch group.   Actually, this block once had a Neighborhood Watch many, many years ago and organizer Denise was able to re-vitalize the group.  If you would like to form a new Neighborhood Watch group or re-start one that fizzled out over time, contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit.

These groups serve as extra eyes and ears on the block, learn how to be more observant and to safely report suspicious or criminal incidents to police.  They benefit the block, overall community and the police department with neighbors receiving basic crime prevention information and resources for community engagement and partnerships with the Albuquerque Police Department.


Phone Scam:  I got word from our APD Foothills Substation team at the front desk that they are being informed by the public about a telephone scam that seems to be circulating in the Foothills Area Command.  Citizens are reporting that they are receiving calls telling them they never showed up for jury duty and there is a warrant out for the citizen’s arrest unless they pay a fee or go to 400  Roma NW to meet the caller and pay the caller the fine to avoid jail time.  Please let me assure you that these are scams designed to strike fear in a citizen and trick citizens into giving the call cash.  I recommend screening your calls — let your calls go to voicemail and then determine if it’s a legitimate caller.  This is a completely bogus scam attempt and if you get a call threatening you with jail for missing jury duty, hang up.


Community Reminders:

We have the Foothills Community Policing Council (CPC) meeting coming up on Monday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Rd NE.  The community is encouraged to attend and participate.  Questions about the CPCs in Albuquerque?  Contact APD Community Outreach’s Nicole Chavez-Lucero at 768-2420 or at

Foothills Coffee with a Cop:  Thursday, September 28th from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Starbuck’s at 11321 Montgomery Blvd NE (just east of Juan Tabo near the Sprout’s market).  This is your opportunity to sit down with one of our Foothills officers and ask questions, have a conversation and get to know them.  All are welcome!


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, September 7th:

 3 Armed Robberies/Commercial:  700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 10300-block of Hotel Ave NE,  12900-block of Indian School Rd NE.

2 Stolen Vehicles:  300-block of Dorado SE, 500-block of Dorado Pl SE.

5 Auto Burglaries:  100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 3100-block of Jane Pl NE, 10600-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 11500-block of Menaul Blvd NE.  Entries:  Two were not noted at time of my research and the rest were all due to damaging door locks to gain access.  Items stolen:  Back pack, tools, portable forklift battery, testing machines, lunch boxes.  Two of 5 vehicles had damages due to failed attempts to steal the vehicles.


&&&&&  Today is National Ampersand Day &&&&& — have a great weekend &&&&& be safe!

Thanks again to the residents on Cenaroca Court NE — it was very nice to get to know you at last night’s meeting.

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