The Foothills Substation is open again to the community at 12800 Lomas Boulevard NE (332-5240). The service hours to the community are Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Thanks for your patience during the construction project involving the lobby area.
Another gun stolen from a parked vehicle: We had a report over the past two days that a 45 caliber Springfield firearm was left in vehicle and stolen. Please properly secure your firearms and stop leaving firearms in vehicles without disabling the gun or using a hidden vehicle gun safe. You could be saving a life by using proper firearm storage and safety practices. Either put the firearm away, secure it in a safe, disarm it and keep ammo separately from the weapon, or holster it. We are arming the criminal community with lax storage practices with our firearms.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18th and 19th:
1 Armed Robbery/Commercial: Wednesday on the 11000-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
2 Stolen Vehicles: Wednesday on the 12500-block of Casa Grande Ave NE: 0100 hr. Thursday on the 12000-block of Zia Rd NE: 2020 hr. Found next day in another Area Command.
2 Residential Burglaries: Thursday on the 10400-block of Gloria Pl NE and 10600-block of Central Ave SE.
14 Auto Burglaries: Wednesday: 11800-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12000-block of Spain Rd NE, 9700-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 800-block of Tony Sanchez Dr SE, 4700-block of Hilltop Pl NE, 11500-block of Singing Arrow Rd SE. Thursday: 500-block of De Soto St SE, 12400-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 11400-block of Vistazo Pl SE, 700-block of Stephen Moody SE, 600-block of Marcella Pl NE, 11800-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
Entries: Unlocked vehicles, unlocked vehicles with the windows rolled down, smash & grabs, damaging door locks.
Items left inside unattended vehicles that were reported stolen in 48 hours in the Foothills Area Command: A bag containing client personal information, health care information, credit cards and $80 in cash. Tote bag and a purse. Work items (not detailed). A bag full of quarters. A 45 caliber Springfield gun. Work tools. GPS system. E-cigarettes and a watch. $500 of pre-packed fidget spinners. Tools, sunglasses, laptop bag. Designer back pack, Apple Mac laptop, headphones, bag of clothing and state-issued ID. Purse, bank statements, copy of Social Security card. Purse.
As the weekend approaches, I hope readers will consider what they are leaving behind in unattended vehicles. Your goal is to DETER – DELAY – DENY entry to your property and part of DETER is to clear out all items of value, leave nothing visible and lock up. Our number of victims for 14 auto burglaries in two days would have plummeted dramatically if people had just locked the vehicles and left nothing inside. DELAY can be parking in secured areas, well-lit areas, using a simple alarm or disabling system. The bottom line is, it all starts on the home front with you and how much time you will invest in securing your property and hardening your target. Police do the best they can, but YOU have the power to control your environment more than anybody else by taking a few minutes to plan our your crime prevention action plan. Give it shot — you may be preventing an auto break-in and steering the criminal element off your block or out of your parking lot by hardening that target.
Have a great weekend everyone,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command