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VIN Etching in the Foothills on Saturday / Help Us Feed Hungry Families / October’s Property Crime Snapshot / Property Crime reported November 1st

VIN Etching in the Foothills this Saturday:  There will be a VIN etching event in the Foothills Area Command this weekend on Saturday, November 4th at the AAA of New Mexico parking lot at 10501 Montgomery Blvd NE.  The VIN etching starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. and is free.  Bring your current registration with the vehicle and our APD Auto Theft unit will etch the vehicle identification number on the glass pieces of your vehicle as an auto theft prevention method.  Most older model vehicles will not have the VIN already etched on the windows/sun roof/glass pieces and many older model vehicles are stolen and then taken to ‘chop shops’ to be dismantled and sold for parts because the parts are worth more than the intact vehicle on the re-sale market.  The VIN etching process only takes a few minutes and can prevent an auto theft — stop by on Saturday to get this free service.

Help Us Feed Hungry Families During the School Holiday Break:  The Foothills substation is collecting non-perishable food items to feed families whose children will not be receiving school meals over the holiday school break in December.  We are collecting non-perishable food starting now through Friday, December 1st.  Please consider adding to your grocery cart when you are shopping and bringing by a few items to help our Chaplain and Foothills officers and staff with Operation Hope.  Questions about Operation Hope?  Call APD Chaplain Ann Montoya at (505) 228-5003.

Here is the Foothills Area Command’s ‘snapshot’ of property crimes reported for the month of October.  This is shared at the monthly Community Policing Council (CPC) meetings and the next one is on Monday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE.  The public is encouraged to participate in the CPC meetings — they are citizen formed councils and for you:  our citizens who the Albuquerque Police Department serves.  Please consider attending the CPC meetings to learn more about your police department and community.  Property crimes that area included in the ‘snapshot’ tally are:  Armed Robberies (to an individual, car jacking, residential/home invasion, commercial), Auto Thefts and Burglaries (commercial, residential and auto) and I am also tallying ‘warm up’ Auto Thefts (vehicles left running and unattended).  The Foothills Area Command is city (APD) jurisdiction from Eubank Boulevard NE to the open space/wilderness areas and the Kirtland Air Force Base boundary by by Juan Tabo Hills neighborhood to Paseo Del Norte by the Estates at Tanoan area.

Robberies/Commercial:  20; Robberies/Residential (Home Invasion):  3 (2 at apartments and 1 at a single family residence); Robbery to an Individual:  2; Robbery/Vehicle (Car Jacking):  2.  Stolen Vehicles:  92.  There were numerous cases this month where callers left their vehicles unlocked with the keys inside the vehicle.  There were also 19 additional attempts to steal vehicles that failed, but left vehicle damage to dashboards, ignitions, steering columns.  Commercial Burglaries:  25.  Residential Burglaries:  69.  Most entries were via leaving garage doors open, leaving windows/sliding glass doors unlocked, leaving front doors unlocked, removing screens and entering through unlocked windows, and a few with entries made either by keys left outside in a hiding spot or unsecured doggie doors and the front door being kicked in.  Auto Burglaries:  129.  Entries were about 50% unforced (leaving vehicles unlocked or windows rolled down) and the other 50% were split between damaging door locks to make entry or breaking a window to access the vehicle interior.  Firearms stolen in burglaries or left in vehicles at the time the vehicle was stolen:  21.  Eleven of 21 firearms were left inside vehicles, the remainder stolen from residences).  Items left inside vehicles that were stolen this month:  Multiple firearms, loaded magazines, rounds of ammunition, hunting knives and other various knives, marijuana and pipes, $200 in prescription medications, oxygen tank and regulator, cell phones and accessories (headsets, cables, chargers), iPads, iPods, laptops, computers, battery packs, GPS systems, multiple purses, wallets, back packs, IDs, Social Security cards, drivers licenses, credit and debit cards, birth certificates, vehicle registration and insurance documents, vehicle titles, handicap placards, identity badges to Federal secured work sites, government issued credit cards, employee badges and name tags, client personal health and credit card information, keys to mail boxes/homes/vehicles/work places, clothing, blankets, a lint roller, perfume and cosmetics, briefcase, dance gear, diaper bags, eyeglass cleaner, watches/jewelry, e-cigarettes, sunglasses, a coloring book, an air mattress, bartending equipment, CDs and cassettes, $1 bill, $80 cash, several bags of quarters, gift cards, tools and one set valued at $3,200 and another set valued at $8,000, rebar, 2 sewing machines, 2 sets of golf clubs, air compressors and a basketball.

Start thinking about what you are leaving behind in your vehicle when you park.  Are you tempting an auto burglar?  Leave nothing of value inside your vehicle and leave nothing visible and lock up and you’ll reduce your odds of being a victim dramatically.


Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, November 1st:

1 Robbery/Vehicle (Carjacking):  12500-block of Central Ave NE.  Vehicle was recovered 3 hours later on the 300-block of Western Skies SE.

1 Robbery/Commercial:  10300-block of Hotel Ave NE.

1 “Warm Up” Auto Theft:  600-block of Dorothy St NE.

2 Stolen Vehicles:  3400-block of Yosemite Dr NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE.

2 Residential Burglaries:  11200-block of Hannett Ave NE, 3100-block of Jane Pl NE.

4 Auto Burglaries:  2500-block of Myra Pl NE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 400-block of Adirondack Pl SE, 3500-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.  Entries:  Unlocked vehicles (3 of 4 cases) and one vehicle’s door lock damaged to make entry.  Items left inside vehicles that were stolen:  A Gucci purse, US Resident card, driver’s license, Social Security card and other items not detailed.  Vehicle registration and insurance card and flashlights.  A cell phone.


Be safe, readers, and remember to pare down what you are leaving behind in your parked vehicles!

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