Trending Tuesday: Here are the patterns I continue to see in the Foothills Area Command regarding property crimes committed: residential burglaries continue to target vacant homes whether the owners are on a vacation or the homes are being remodeled or under construction of some sort. Our Foothills numbers for just yesterday (only a 24 hour period!) show that we had 7 residential burglaries reported and of the 7, 3 were to homes that were vacant. What items were stolen? A water heater, a large amount of wiring and a furnace. Another vacant home had squatters, which can be a real problem for an entire neighborhood stemming from just one home. Vacant homes on the block require especially vigilant neighbors willing to report any suspicious activity to police and if the home is posted as ‘substandard’ by the city this will also require notifying the Planning Department’s Code Enforcement Team via the Citizens Contact Center (dial 311) so the Code Team can re-secure the structure.
I still continue to see guns being stolen from parked vehicles (the majority) and a smaller number of guns stolen during residential burglaries. My tally that I have been tracking all year has the Foothills Area Command (basically everything in city limits east of Eubank and from Kirtland Air Force’s border to Paseo Del Norte) with 200 stolen guns reported year-to-date. That is a huge number of guns that have been stolen by criminals in our one Area Command. Consider for a moment, that those are only the guns stolen that were reported — there may be various reasons for some not to report a stolen firearm to police — maybe they were traveling through our city and couldn’t wait for an officer to take the report, maybe they have fear of police or an outstanding warrant, etc. We must get better as responsible gun owners with properly securing and stowing guns for our safety, our family’s safety, the overall community’s safety and the safety of law enforcement.
Auto Burglaries: The APD Crime Analysis Unit reports that for the last 7 days 161 auto burglaries were reported to APD; this is a big drop from the 193 reported the prior 7 days. The Foothills Area Command was third of six Area Commands with the number of reported auto burglaries. The numbers ranged city-wide in the 6 APD Area Commands from a high of 40 auto burglaries reported to a low of 12. Lock up and remove all items of value and leave nothing visible to reduce your odds of being an auto burglary victim.
Hot Wheels: How are we doing with auto thefts? Our APD Crime Analysis Unit reports that APD had 86 stolen vehicles reported in the seven days from 11/20-11/26 city-wide. This is a significant drop compared to the prior seven day period that showed 122 stolen vehicles reported in our city to APD. The Foothills Area Command did show an increase and the Foothills usually tracks right in the middle of the 6 APD Area Commands for stolen vehicles; however, for the prior 7 days the Foothills was the Area Command reporting the 5th highest out of 6 Area Commands with 19 stolen vehicles reported. The numbers ranged from a high of 24 stolen vehicles to a low of 5 stolen vehicles reported for those 7 days among the 6 Area Commands.
Warm-up auto thefts: City-wide, APD’s Crime Analysis Unit reports that there have been 16 warm-up auto thefts from November 1 – November 26th. As a reminder, do not leave your vehicle running and walk away — these are preventable crimes and they happen anywhere at anytime because the opportunity is just too tempting to pass up for an auto thief!
Most popular places to steal a vehicle city-wide for the past 7 days were: Apartments (30 cases reported), Single-Family Residential Neighborhoods (29), then from 5 to 1 case per location: retail, businesses, storage facilities, restaurants, schools, hotels, car rental facilities, gas/convenience stores, strip malls, recreation areas, parks.
Most popular makes stolen over the last 7 days? Chevrolets (19/12 of 19 were trucks) and Hyundias (9).
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, November 27th:
5 Armed Robberies: 1300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, three separate cases within about 90 minutes on the 12900-block of Central NE, 13300-block of Central NE.
4 Stolen Vehicles: 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12000-block of Skyline Rd NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 3700-block of Ridge Point Loop NE.
7 Residential Burglaries: 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10600-block of Towner Ave NE, 1600-block of Robert Dale Dr NE, 1200-block of Pitt St NE,12000-block of Carl Ct NE, 700-block of Jewel Pl NE, 3600-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
4 Auto Burglaries: 12900-block of Indian School Rd NE, 200-block of Panorama Place NE, 300-block of Dorado SE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Leaving vehicles unlocked, leaving windows partially down, not repairing broken window, damaged a door lock. Items stolen: Two failed attempts to steal vehicles left behind significant damage. Stereo. Two survival knives and $10 in spare change.
Have a safe evening and take what applies to your situation to start making new crime prevention habits!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command