Trending Tuesday: Vacant homes continue to be targeted…we need your ‘extra eyes and ears’ on the block! Realtors — please check on your homes for sale and meet the neighbors, who can be important allies to you by knowing to call you after they have called police if they see suspicious behavior or a burglary at the vacant home. Neighbors — we need your eyes on the block and communication with one another if going on vacation. Share contact information with a trusted neighbor and be aware as you drive by, walk by, walk the dog, jog or cycle by the vacant homes on your block. Just that one phone call about a suspicious person or vehicle at a vacant home to 242-COPS (2677) can make a big difference. We aren’t asking you to be heroes, chase or confront: just call from a safe place and provide the best description you can. You can be an anonymous caller to 242-COPS or you can request contact with the police officer once the officer wraps up the call if you like. I have seen police reports recently where high dollar items are being stolen from vacant homes including furniture, appliances, wiring, etc.
Hot Wheels: Our Crime Analysis Unit reports 80 stolen vehicles city-wide in the last seven days. The Foothills is seeing an uptick, and we had 25 stolen vehicles reported for that seven-day time period. Where are these vehicles being stolen? Apartment parking lots logged as the most popular spot over the past week (29 reported stolen vehicles in seven days city-wide) followed closely by single-family residential neighborhoods (23 reported stolen vehicles in seven days city-wide) and other locations came in way down on the locations list in the single-digits compared to our double-digit incident locations logged by Crime Analysis. For the Foothills Area Commands, our peak times of discovery and reporting the vehicles stolen were between the hours of 3:00 – 7:00 a.m. and most cases were reported on Mondays, then Fridays, then Tuesdays. Most popular vehicles to steal over the past week were: Fords (14/10 of 14 were trucks), Chevys (13/8 of 13 were trucks) and Dodges (13/8 of 13 were trucks).
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, October 16th:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: 13100-block of Central SE.
5 Stolen Vehicles: 11200-block of Arvada Ave NE, 11600-block of Grand Ave NE, 10700-block of Malaguena Lane NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 13100-block of Central Ave SE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 1300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Residential Burglaries: 100-block of Lakeshore Dr. NE, 1500-block of Shirley St NE.
6 Auto Burglaries: 800-block of Landman Dr NE, 4500-blocko f Holiday Breeze Place NE, 10600-block of Central SE, 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, Copper Trail Head Access, 11000-block of Menaul Blvd NE. Entries: All involved breaking a window except one. Items stolen: Battery pack, $200 in prescription medications. Two sewing machines. Wallet, cash and documents. Vehicle registration and insurance documents. Tools and clothing. Keys and tools.
VIN Etching coming up on Saturday, October 21st at the Home Depot parking lot at 1220 Renaissance Blvd NE — this is a free service offered by the APD Auto Theft team. Just bring the vehicle and a current registration. Having the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched on the glass pieces of your vehicle is an auto theft deterrent to those who would want to steal your vehicle and dismantle it to sell the parts. Check your vehicle — most newer models may already have the VIN etched on the glass parts. The older vehicles may not have the VIN etched on the glass pieces and many older vehicles are stolen because they are worth more to a ‘chop shop’ sold for the parts than the value of the vehicle intact.
Be safe, and remember to call 242-COPS from a safe place if you see suspicious or criminal behavior — you see more than you realize I bet!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command