The Foothills Community Policing Council meeting is just around the corner — the October meeting will be on Monday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE. The community is encouraged to attend. Community Policing Councils are citizen-guided and citizen-led and were created to foster community input on Albuquerque Police Department and in particular, Foothills Area Command, problem-solving and policing matters.
September recap: The tally below is one item that is presented at the Foothills Community Policing Council meetings. It’s a ‘snapshot’ of property crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command and includes trends and crime prevention tips from your local APD Crime Prevention Specialist. What crimes are considered property crimes? Robberies (a weapon or implied weapon used to take an item from a person/business by forced or implied force), auto thefts (stealing a vehicle), burglaries (to businesses, homes and autos). The APD Foothills Area Command boundaries are generally anything in the city limits from Eubank east to the mountains and from the edge of Kirtland Air Force Base to Paseo Del Norte NE.
Robberies/Commercial: 31; Robbery/Residential (Home Invasion): 1; Robbery/Vehicle (Car Jacking: 1; Robbery to an Individual: 3
Stolen Vehicles: 120 (there were also 22 additional attempts to steal vehicles that failed or the number of stolen vehicles would be higher.)
Commercial Burglaries: 11
Residential Burglaries: 59. How are burglars getting into homes? Residents are leaving doors open, leaving garage doors open, burglars are prying open back doors or windows, burglars are breaking lock boxes or windows at vacant homes.
Auto Burglaries: 146
What are you leaving behind in your vehicle?? Articles stolen in the Foothills in September from vehicles:
- Guns – see detailed list that follows.
- Axe, hunting knife, 10-15 professional chef’s knives, ‘throwing’ knife, pocket knife, 2 knives, Air Soft gun.
- State badge and State vehicle keys.
- Retired Federal Agent’s Badge, ID, medical cards, and vehicle documents.
- Wallets, purses, back packs, luggage, briefcase, passports.
- IDs, credit cards, Social Security cards, vehicle titles, keys to other vehicles and homes and offices, checks, birth certificates, divorce and child support documents, military IDs, garage door openers, client files with client names and Social Security numbers.
- Personal papers, payroll checks, registration & insurance, vehicle manuals, vehicle titles.
- Cash: $100, $2.00 in change, $20.00 inside a coin purse in center console, a bag of coins.
- Stereos, electronics, dash cams, cell phones, chargers, GPS systems.
- Numerous tools, portable fork lift battery, testing kits, lunch boxes (construction equipment), license plate, welding equipment, drywall gun, grinders, utility locks.
- E-cigs, prescription medications, a medical marijuana card.
- Books, text books, a bag of Bibles, school supplies, musical instruments.
- Perfume, toiletries/cosmetics, glasses, shoes, bags of clothing, FitBit fitness tracker.
TRENDING: Saw increase in residential burglaries over Labor Day holiday weekend. Vacant homes are being targeted whether the owners are on vacation, having renovations done, the homes are under construction or the homes are for sale. This is where good neighbors and neighborhood engagement are key factors. Whether through Neighborhood Watch groups or informally, know your neighbors and share contact information. Let a trusted neighbor know if you will be out of town. Be willing to call police if something at a neighbor’s home seems suspicious.
- Call Foothills Substation front office staff to request a Periodic Watch if going out of town; 332-5240 — our staff will post the request internally and squads will receive the information as they brief before they go out on their shifts to take calls for service. Officers will drive by and do a visual check if in between dispatched calls for service.
- The amount of valuables, firearms, and personal documents left inside vehicles is staggering. We do not live in a world where this can be our habit any longer. We need to change outdated habits that no longer work. I wish the world were crime-free, but it is not. You will feel less fear and more mastery over your environment if you adopt new habits about securing your property. Remove all items of value and leave nothing visible.
- Crime prevention literature is brought to all community meetings and supplied in Foothills Substation lobby. Literature is also available for downloads off City of Albuquerque web site in Police/Crime Prevention pages if citizens would like to print and share crime prevention literature for their various community groups/meetings. Please download and share!
September Tally of Guns stolen in burglaries/auto thefts in the Foothills: Please properly secure your firearms — this is a big community and officer safety issue!
- Glock 9 MM left inside vehicle at time of auto theft.
- Smith & Wesson 2.0 9 MM handgun stolen from vehicle.
- Walter CCP 9 MM stolen from vehicle.
- 9 MM pistol stolen from vehicle.
- Smith & Wesson semi-auto 40 caliber handgun stolen from vehicle.
- 2 rifles stolen in residential burglary.
- 9 MM gun stolen from vehicle ‘hidden’ under the driver’s seat.
- Unspecified ‘gun’ stolen from home during residential burglary.
- Ruger 357 Magnum inside vehicle at time vehicle was stolen from a residence.
- Unspecified hand gun left inside vehicle stolen at residence.
- Ruger GP 100 357 Magnum gun left inside vehicle that was stolen.
- 22 caliber gun left inside unlocked vehicle in garage with the door left open.
- Para Ordinance 1911 style 45 caliber gun left inside vehicle that was burglarized.
- 357 Magnum hand gun and a 12 gauge shotgun left inside vehicle that was stolen.
- Unspecified model/caliber Smith & Wesson, stolen from unlocked vehicle.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on October 4th:
4 Stolen Vehicles: 200-block of Eubank Blvd SE, 1450-block of Chihuahua Ave NE, 1300-block of Paisano St NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 13100-block of Nandina Ln SE, 1600-block of Hiawatha Dr NE.
3 Auto Burglaries: 12900-block of Central Ave NE, 1400-block of Chihuahua Ave NE, 1200-block of Willy’s Knight Dr NE.
Take-away tip: We need extra eyes on vacant homes. I am seeing a lot of fixtures, appliances, tools, and furnishings being stolen from homes that are vacant due to remodeling work or waiting to be sold or rented. Neighbors — please pay extra attention to these homes when cycling, jogging, walking the dog, driving by and don’t hesitate to call 242-COPS (2677) if you see broken lock boxes, unfamiliar faces or vehicles there. An officer can be dispatched to check the situation if you make that call.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command