Trending Tuesday on Wednesday: Sorry I’m a day late – I was sick yesterday so there was not a post on the web site. Here’s what I see trending in crime this week: Guns continue to be stolen from parked vehicles. We are inadvertently arming a criminal population by leaving guns inside unattended vehicles and walking away, sometimes for a just a quick errand and sometimes for several hours or overnight. If you own a firearm, please research ways to keep that gun secured and safe when you are not using it. The other thing that I see continuing in the Foothills Area Command are the burglaries to vacant homes, whether they are in the process of being sold, in foreclosure or vacant for remodeling. Neighbors — this is where you can be extra vigilant and call 242-COPS (2677), APD’s non-emergency number. Your calls really do make a difference and we just ask that you call from a safe place, give the best description possible and tell the operator what is going on and why that is suspicious and an officer will be dispatched. Alert neighbors who look out for one another are key to making our streets safer.
Hot Wheels: APD’s Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the period of November 6 – 12, 78 vehicles were reported stolen to APD. The Foothills Area Command tied with one other Area Command for second-lowest number of vehicles reported stolen (9). The numbers of vehicles reported stolen per Area Command in the city ranged from a high of 21 for those 7 days to a low of 7 for that 7 day period. Where are vehicles being stolen? Apartments and single-family residential neighborhoods each came in with 29 vehicles reported stolen, then the numbers plummet to 2-4 incidents reported at various lodging (hotel/motel) locations, auto dealers/mechanics, restaurants, retail/strip malls and other types of parking lots. The most popular makes of vehicles stolen for that same 7 day period noted by APD’s Crime Analysis Unit are: Chevrolets (15 stolen in 7 days/12 of 15 were trucks), Hondas (13 stolen in 7 days, mostly 1990’s sedans), and Subarus (4 stolen in 7 days and 1990s models).
Thank you Las Colinas Village seniors for the wonderful donated teddy bears and stuffed animals for our officers to provide to children at traumatic incidents. The Foothills team greatly appreciates your generosity and the stuffed animals will come in handy for officers to give to a child to provide a sense of calm and security in the midst of chaos. Thanks to Krissy and Andy at Las Colinas Village for organizing this annual event.
Property Crime reported in the Foothills on Monday, November 13th and Tuesday, November 14th:
2 Armed Robberies/Commercial: 13300-block of Central Ave NE on Monday and 13100-block of Central Ave NE on Tuesday.
1 Robbery to an Individual: Western Skies SE & Central on Monday.
6 Stolen Vehicles: 10000-block of Malaguena Ln NE, 13100-block of Central Ave NE, 13100-block of Constitution Ave NE all on Monday. The 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10300-block of Hotel Ave NE, 700-block of Stephen Moody St SE on Tuesday.
2 Commercial Burglaries: 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE on Monday, 1000-block of Tramway Blvd NE on Tuesday.
4 Residential Burglaries: 500-block of Georgene Dr NE, 4700-block of Morris, 11000-block of Skyline Rd NE and the 4600-block of Hilltop Pl NE all reported on Monday.
8 Auto Burglaries: 1100-block of Chelwood Park Blvd NE, 13300-block of Slateridge Pl NE, 12800-block of Indian School Rd NE on Monday. On Tuesday, incidents were reported on the 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, the 200-block of Camino De La Sierra NE, 11300-block of Ridgeline Ave NE, 3600-block of Morris St NE, 13100-block of Central Ave NE. Entries: Unlocked vehicles (5 of 8), breaking windows to grab items left inside vehicles. Items stolen that were left behind in parked vehicles: There were 2 failed attempts to steal vehicles leaving significant damage. Stolen items in 48 hours included vehicle insurance and registration documents, a flashlight, a pair of binoculars, a car jack, multiple purses, multiple drivers licenses, multiple credit cards, a back pack and a 9 MM gun.
Another gun was stolen, left in a parked vehicle that was burglarized. Please find ways to properly store and secure your firearms – we are arming a criminal population with guns that are not secured and safely stored when not in use.
Have a great rest of the week and if you are grocery shopping, please remember to pick up a few non-perishable items or toiletries for the APD Chaplains’ Operation Hope project. Items can be dropped off to the APD Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Boulevard NE Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command