Trending Tuesday (on Wednesday!): I am still seeing many residential burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts resulting from leaving garages unsecured to guarantee criminals easy access. This is 100% controllable by locking up and keeping garage doors closed. Don’t forget to consider the side doors to your garage and beef those up if they are accessible from the driveway — in general terms without knowing every person’s individual situations, I recommend: deadbolts, security film to glass panes to prevent seeing inside and breaking the glass from the outside, security doors for ventilation covering side doors to the garage that prevent seeing inside to the garage, have deadbolts, are hinged to prevent kicking in from the outside, are more difficult to pry open with a burglary tool. Don’t forget your red emergency cord in the garage: don’t remove it, you need to access that in case of emergency, but you can untie the knot in it that holds the plastic handle to prevent ‘fishing’ (trying to ‘hook’ the knotted red cord or cord handle with an unbent wire hanger or similar tool wiggled through the panes or between the stripping at the top of the garage door). There are other ways to fortify the garage — check out your options and what works for your individual situation and set up.
Still seeing the trend, unfortunately, of guns being left in vehicles and the vehicles are burglarized or stolen. Citizens are inadvertently arming a criminal population. Secure guns for your safety when not in use. This too is 100% controllable.
Hot Wheels: Here is the weekly Crime Analysis Unit’s tally for stolen vehicle information city-wide over the last seven days:
Number of vehicles reported stolen city-wide from 9/11 – 9/18: 95.
The Foothills Area Command fell into the top 3 Area Commands out of 6 Area Commands for number of vehicles reported stolen.
When are most of these auto thefts occurring in the Foothills Area Command? Crime Analysis crunched the data and came up with: the new most vehicles reported stolen in the Foothills fall on: Mondays, then Fridays then Tuesdays. In the Foothills Area Command the most auto theft discoveries are reported to APD are between 3:00 – 7:00 a.m. Makes sense — you can either hear your vehicle being driven away or upon waking up you realize the vehicle has been stolen. Remember: auto theft is a crime of opportunity and can happen anywhere at anytime when the criminal feels the risk is worth the reward and the threshold of being caught is low enough for the criminal to take that risk.
Most popular places to steal vehicles city-wide for that seven day time period: Single family residential neighborhoods (30), apartment communities (22), car dealerships/mechanic shops (8) and hotels (7) then various other spots in very low digits.
Most popular vehicles to steal for that seven day time period city-wide? Chevrolets (27/15 of 27 were trucks), Hondas (11).
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, September 18th and Tuesday, September 19th:
1 Robbery/Auto (Car Jacking): 300-block of Dorado SE (Tuesday).
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 2900-block of Eubank Blvd NE (Monday).
7 Stolen Vehicles: Monday: 10500-block of San Gabriel Rd NE, 5100-block of Mesa Del Oso Rd NE; Tuesday: 900-block of Four Hills Rd SE, 14300-block of Grand Ave NE, 13900-block of Paseo Vista NE, 1300-block of Constitution NE, 10700-block of Academy Rd NE.
4 Commercial Burglaries: Monday: 11000-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 2 separate incidents reported at the same address at different times on the 9800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE; Tuesday: 6300-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
4 Residential Burglaries: Monday: 13500-block of Witcher Ave NE; Tuesday: 500-block of Horseshoe Trail SE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 1300-block of Constitution NE (burglarized the residence and stole a vehicle listed above).
8 Auto Burglaries: 1000-block of Santa Ana Ave SE, 13900-block of Paseo Vista NE, 1100-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 13500-block of Pierce Arrow Rd NE, 2 vehicles parked in driveway at the same location on the 13400-block of Desert Hills Place NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE. Entries: Breaking or prying windows, damaging door locks, leaving vehicles unlocked and parked outside for hours at time. Items stolen: Hand gun, briefcase, IDs. 2 grinders and 4 utility locks. Several items not listed in detail at time of research.
Guns left inside parked vehicles on Monday that were stolen and now in criminals’ hands: A Ruger 357 Magnum and an unspecified handgun.
Be safe, have a great day and think about ways to fortify your garage if you have one —
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command