Thank you Tanoan East, Tanoan West and Peppertree/Royal Oak neighbors for a great meeting last night. I hope you learned some new things to put into practice right away regarding crime prevention and hardening your targets. Thanks to Councilor Jones and all those who worked so hard to host such a well-attended gathering.
Trending Tuesday: Over the past week I’ve seen numerous reports of vacant homes being targeted for burglary. Whether the residents are out of town, the home is undergoing renovation or under construction, or staged for sale these homes are being targeted. What can you do? Be observant! Be willing to contact 242-COPS or 911 according to the situation and report suspicious persons or vehicles from a place where you are safe. Get connected with your neighbors — let them know you will be gone and give them your contact phone number if there is any question about a strange vehicle in the driveway for hours or if people appear at the house who do not appear to belong there. If you have a house for sale on your block, be extra watchful — I’ve been seeing police reports noting lock boxes being broken by criminals to gain entry into vacant homes. Take a pro-active stance on your block — extend yourself to those on either side and across the street to your home and share contact information. Neighbors who look out for each other build safer neighborhoods.
National Situational Awareness Day: Today is National Situational Awareness Day. You really do see more than you think you do. Be aware, pay attention to your surroundings. Be fully present. This will involve not allowing your awareness of who and what is around you be diminished by cell phones and other distractions. Situational awareness involves looking up and scanning the area before hopping out of your vehicle and perhaps taking an extra loop around the lot before selecting that primo parking place. It is about noticing and paying attention to that feeling that something may not be right or someone doesn’t look like they have legitimate business in that particular setting and determining your actions from that observation. I recommend a book published many years ago by Gavin DeBecker, “The Gift of Fear” which is all about situational awareness. Situational awareness is not so much about being afraid — it’s about sharpening the senses and relying on your instincts based upon the lay of the land in front of you. It’s about sizing up your environment. One thing I like to talk about at community meetings is to always be aware of where you are, whether in a vehicle, on foot, etc. — know the address or 100-block or cross-streets or landmarks. Identify two points of exit if inside a structure. Learn how to describe a person or vehicle if you had to call 911. Read the crime prevention brochure “How to Be A Good Witness and Report a Crime” — these brochures should be available at any APD substation and can be read/downloaded off the City of Albuquerque website (www.cabq.gov) in the Police/Crime Prevention pages. I hope National Situational Awareness Day inspires you to sharpen those skills.
Property crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, September 25, 2017
1 Residential Burglary: 1400-block of Cumbres St NE.
3 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Stephen Moody St SE, 800-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 2800-block of Nakomis Dr NE. Entries: Using a ‘slim Jim’ tool, breaking a door lock and none noted for one of the incidents. Items left in vehicles that were stolen: Two knives, cigarettes. Personal information and IDs. Sunglasses. What are you leaving in your vehicle?
Reminder: The Foothills Substation is closed to the community until Monday, October 9th due to construction. Please go to the James Dwyer Substation at 12700 Montgomery Blvd NE (just east of Tramway) for assistance. The Foothills front office staff can still be reached at (505) 332-5240 and will be there to serve you Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Today is the last web site post until October 4th –– I will be out of the office so you will not see any crime prevention, property crime or Trending Tuesday posts until I return October 4th.
Have a great day, sharpen those situational awareness skills and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command