Trending Tuesday: There continues to be a disturbing trend of breaking into vehicles and stealing firearms left inside the vehicles. I have posted about this issue many times. We have had five firearms stolen so far this month (9/1 to 9/11 data) in the Foothills Area Command and all were stolen from vehicles. My records show the firepower now in a criminal’s hands in the 11-days of September so far include: a Glock 9 MM, a Smith & Wesson 9 MM, an unspecified make 9 MM, a Walter 9 MM and a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic 40 caliber.
Firearms need to be recorded on a personal property inventory. Record the make, model, caliber, serial number, color, any modifications/special features on an inventory in case the weapon is stolen. I’ve already posted about the various types of safes and methods on prior web site posts and I recommend taking a ‘field trip’ or ‘research trip’ if you want to see what types of firearms safes and securing methods fit your lifestyle and your budget. The inventory is important because if your firearms are stolen you have the information that the FBI requires for law enforcement to list the weapon as stolen on the internal law enforcement database. If the gun is recovered, you have a way to prove it was your gun and get it back with the inventory record. Keeping track of a deadly weapon is the owner’s responsibility — along with training, knowledge of local laws and safe ways to stow your weapon. This is critical to family safety if you have children or grandchildren who could access your weapons.
Some notes on the daily watch/property crimes that are posted here:
1) Property crimes are robberies (to a business, an individual, a car-jacking or a home invasion), auto theft (stealing the vehicle), auto burglary (breaking into the vehicle), residential burglary (breaking into a dwelling or attached garage) and commercial burglary (breaking into the business).
2) The Foothills Area Command boundaries are generally everything within city limits east of Eubank. Specifically: the east side of Eubank that is the north bound traffic side to the city limits in the Foothills/Open Space areas, the edge of Kirtland Air Force Base perimeter (think of Pompano SE) to Paseo Del Norte NE’s south side. Basically a big rectangle with a few cut-outs of other jurisdiction areas.
3) Why do I post crime locations by the 100-block? I am not permitted to provide the public crime information with the exact address, but the 100-block or intersection, due to privacy concerns.
4) Why do I post on auto burglary methods of entries and items stolen? So that you can use the information to harden your target! The items are listed to prompt you to review what valuables and documents you may have been leaving inside your vehicle and to determine if you want to risk having those items stolen and make an informed decision about what you are choosing to leave in your unattended vehicle. I was posting entry methods and items stolen in the past for residential burglaries per instructions from my supervisory chain of command, but I felt it was somewhat intrusive and discontinued that practice. If for example, on today’s post we had 1 residential burglary and if neighbors saw a police car at the home it just felt too violating to me to post what was stolen and how burglars made entry. I’d rather share common methods of entries for residential burglaries at community meetings, on literature or in a more general fashion.
Property Crimes reported on Monday, September 11th in the Foothills Area Command:
2 Armed Robberies/Commercial: 11200-block of Menaul Blvd NE and on the 2900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: Central & Elizabeth, 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 13100-block of Central Ave NE, 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 1600-block of Paisano St NE.
10 Auto Burglaries: 1100-block of Tony Sanchez Dr SE, 200-block of Figueroa St NE, 500-block of Paisano St NE, two vehicles on the 13300-block of Camino Del Norte NE, 1500-block of Dorothy St NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 3700-block of Valerie Pl NE, 3100-block of Camino Real Ct NE. Entries: Damaging door locks, smash & grabs (breaking windows to access items left inside the vehicle), unlocked vehicles. Items Stolen: Two pair of glasses. Two attempts to steal vehicles that left extensive damages. Bag of clothing, vehicle tags, vehicle papers, manual, bags of Bibles, assorted paperwork and stole vehicle license plate and replaced with a license plate belonging to a stolen vehicle. Keys to the home, office and vehicle. A 9 MM pistol from the center console and realized gun was stolen between 8/29 and 9/11. Important documents stolen and birth certificates, Social Security cards, divorce papers, child support documents, titles, clothing, school supplies and text books, a clarinet. A Smith & Wesson 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and holster.
Thanks for reading and contacting me with comments and being pro-active about your crime prevention stance. I appreciate you from the bottom of my heart and hope I am helping you with useful information. Each one of us has the responsibility and mastery over how we control our own environment and those who dive in, learn and put new habits into practice will be reducing their odds of being a victim.
Be safe, have an enjoyable day. It is National Encouragement Day and National Chocolate Milkshake Day — maybe you can combine those and share a chocolate shake with someone who needs encouragement —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command