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Up, Up and Away / Where the Sun Don’t Shine – Shine A Light! / CPC Meeting Reminder / Property Crime on Thursday

Up, Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon … (The Fifth Dimension song…flashback Friday!)  It’s Balloon Fiesta time once again.  With visitors, hotel and motel lodgers, excitement and distractions up in the air please remember to take care to safe guard your vehicles.  That means blankets, layers of jackets and sweaters, tote bags, purchases and anything visible needs to be either removed from your vehicle or if not feasible, locked in the trunk.  Make it a point to lock up and double check that you’ve locked up.  Take another look inside your vehicle to check that nothing is left inside the vehicle to attract a potential burglary.  Sometimes things that you deem worthless are valuable to a burglar (garage door openers, keys, vehicle insurance and registration documents, etc.).  With the beauty in the skies above and Albuquerque’s natural beauty competing for your attention, try to remember to use your situational awareness in parking lots and attractions like restaurants, arts and crafts shows, shopping locations and lodging parking areas.  We want you to enjoy your time here if you are visitor and if a local and participating in the fiesta fun, take the usual precautions to prevent an auto burglary or auto theft.


Foothills Community Policing Council Meeting Reminder:  The public is encouraged to attend!  The meeting will be on Monday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE.


Let me Shine on You!  Let it Shine On!  (Peter Frampton…flashback Friday again…)   Interested in lighting?  Today is National LED Day — illuminate your thoughts about your security lighting:

  • October 7, 2014 a Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three gentlemen for development of blue light-emitting diodes.  So why is this important enough for a Nobel Prize?  Because researchers were trying to develop other colors and blue was the color with the shortest wavelength and harder to produce.  By leading the way with the blue LED light, that made the white light LED we are used to today possible.
  • I get so emotional, baby!  (Whitney Houston reference; flashback Friday…can’t help myself…):  light can influence our emotions.  LED lighting can influence an emotion that may make you feel safer at a location using LED lighting rather than the older lighting that tends to cast dingy white or yellow.  Do a personal experiment the next time you are driving at night and see the different types of lighting out there.  Where do you feel safer?  What makes you instantly think ‘not safe’ or ‘this place feels safe to me at night’?
  • Save on energy costs — LED lighting has lower power consumption and a long lifespan.  This impacts your pocketbook once you’ve installed the LED lighting.  LED lights help the environment too; there are fewer bulbs thrown away and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced using LED lights.
  • Can I Get A Witness?  (The late, great Marvin Gaye…flashback Friday bonus):  LED lights can help victims/witnesses see colors clearer than yellow or other tinged lighting.  This can make a big difference in court when a witness or victim can accurately see or recall colors of vehicles, clothing, etc. when an officer does the interview from a crime incident and the statements become part of the case.


Property Crime reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, October 5th:

1 Armed Robbery/Commercial:  5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE.

1 Robbery/To an Individual: 10400-block of Central Ave NE.

2 Auto Thefts:  2100-block of Martha St NE, 12600-block of Lomas Blvd NE.

1 Commercial Burglary: 1700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.

1 Residential Burglary: 11700-block of Sky Valley Way NE.

7 Auto Burglaries:  100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 1200-block of Sasebo St NE, 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, 3700-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 11000-block of Fort Point Lane NE, 200-block of Burma Dr NE, 1400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.  Entries:  Unforced entries, breaking windows, damaging door locks.  Items left inside vehicles that were stolen yesterday:  Vehicle insurance and registration, owner’s manual.  Three of the 7 burglarized vehicles were failed attempts to steal the vehicles, leaving significant vehicle damage behind.  Personal toiletries.  A lint roller and $20 bottle of perfume.  Wallet, driver’s license, Social Security card,  Purse, IDs, Social Security card.


Have a great weekend and I hope you get a chance to take in the natural beauty and the balloon-beauty our city has to offer at this special time of year.  If hosting guests, please pass on these crime prevention tips to them so they can enjoy their stay to the fullest.  If on your way to a pre-dawn Balloon Fiesta Ascension or a Balloon Glow, try to remember to check out the lighting and see how LED versus other styles of lighting make you feel and gauge safety levels at those locations.  Be safe,

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