The first reported warm-up auto theft for the city for the month of November was reported from the 600-block of Dorothy St NE in the Foothills Area Command today. With colder weather now here, ‘warm up’ auto thefts are going to spike. This is a preventable crime. Never leave your vehicle unattended while running to warm it up. In the first case reported for November, our caller left the vehicle unlocked, keys inside and the vehicle running. The caller reported this all occurred within a ten-minute time frame, but I have seen police reports where these incidents can occur in seconds. Please help spread the word to family, friends, neighbors or co-workers that this practice is not recommended and provides auto thieves the easiest way of all to steal your wheels. Please do not have the mind-set of, “I’ll only be a second” or, “I hear about these types of auto thefts, but it won’t happen to me” or “that doesn’t happen in this type of neighborhood” — it only DOES take a second and these are crimes of opportunity and they can happen anywhere at any time. Remember: layer your target with protection and you reduce the odds of being a victim.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, October 31st:
5 Stolen Vehicles: 300-block of Western Skies Dr SE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 2100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1200-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 1300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 12900-block of Central Ave SE.
5 Residential Burglaries: 11500-block of Angelina PL NE, 10300-block of Apache Ave NE, 600-block of Trading Post Trl SE, 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 3500-block of Parisian Way NE.
2 Auto Burglaries: 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Both unforced entries. Items stolen from vehicles in 24 hours: $3,200 worth of tools. Cassettes and bar-tending tools.
Stay safe everyone!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command