Thank you to the residents of Noreen Court NE for attending a crime prevention meeting last night. Special thanks to Sara B. for re-igniting the Neighborhood Watch group, hosting the meeting and volunteering to serve as Block Captain. Also thanks go out to Officer Tixier and APD Property Crime Techs Montoya and Silva for attending with me last night. We covered many questions and shared crime prevention tips and it’s always great to get out and meet with our community in their homes at these block-wide meetings. If you have a Neighborhood Watch group that has fizzled out, contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to check into the active/non-active status and see if you may need to gather again as a block and re-invigorate the watch group.
Today is National Package Protection Day: National Package Protection Day is the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. It encourages homeowners to stay alert and protect their homes against package theft, which becomes more and more prevalent during the holidays. This year’s Package Protection Day falls on November 30, so be on the lookout! The internet has made it easier to find deals and have packages shipped straight to our homes. But this has also made it easier for thieves to snatch our deliveries right from our doorsteps. With the advent of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there became a need for a day that raises awareness of package theft and helps homeowners protect themselves against thieves. And just like that, Package Protection Day was born. HOW TO OBSERVE: Spread the word throughout your neighborhood about Package Protection Day, so your community is alert during the holidays. And share your PackageProtection stories and tips using #PackageProtectionDay and #alwayshome on social media. Thank you to National Day Calendar for this information.
Mail Theft: This is the season for gift cards, cash and checks being mailed as well as packages being shipped. Here are some mail theft prevention tips:
Mail theft and subsequent Identity Theft and Fraud are on the increase. Using the mail system today is much different than in years past. Sending and picking up mail the old way can put you at risk. Putting outgoing mail in the box and lifting the red flag will alert your letter carrier, but will also alert criminals to an opportunity to steal valuable information. Adhere to the following suggestions to protect your mail and reduce the risk of financial loss and identity theft.
- Use the slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier. Never put outgoing mail in your mail box.
- Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you are expecting a check, credit card or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to collect your mail.
- If you don’t receive an expected check or other valuable mail, contact the issuing agency immediately.
- If your address changes, immediately notify your local Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
- Never send cash in the mail.
- Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return. Or, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the mail each day.
- Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector and submit a police report.
- Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked, centralized or curbside mailboxes.
- Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program on your block. Exchange work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors. Ask if they will watch your home and mail.
If you see a mail thief at work or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately and then call your local Postal Inspector at 877-876-2455 (press 3).
(The preceding information was provided by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service). APD Crime Prevention Unit – 505-244-6644
Operation Hope is in the home stretch and the deadline to contribute non-perishable food items, new/packaged toiletries, cash, checks or gift cards for the APD Chaplains to purchase those items is Friday, December 1st. Donations can be dropped off at the APD Foothills Substation at 12800 Lomas Blvd NE through this Friday by 5:00 p.m. The APD Chaplains have worked with local school counselors to identify families in our Area Command who will not have meals due to the holiday break at school. Please remember Operation Hope this week if you are in the grocery store. The Foothills Area Command has many families who will go hungry this holiday season and Operation Hope is about sharing with these families. Questions? Contact Imelda Martinez at the Foothills Substation at 332-5240.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Tuesday, November 28th
2 Stolen Vehicles: 1100-block of Tony Sanchez Dr SE, 12200-block of Pine Ridge Ave NE: 1641 hr.
4 Residential Burglaries: 12900-block of Central Ave NE, 3600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 3900-block of Pamela Pl NE, 6000-block of Cortaderia St NE.
4 Auto Burglaries: 3700-block of Ridge Pointe Loop NE, 900-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 5800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Entries: Punched windows to two of four reported cases, unforced entry in one of the four cases and not specified on one of the four cases. Items stolen: Duffle bag, wallet, clothing. Personal information and tools. Radar detector and a cell phone charger.
Another gun reported stolen in the Foothills yesterday: A shotgun was reported stolen during a residential burglary. Please stow firearms safely and securely when they are not in use. If you have firearms, research the several ways you can safely store them to help protect yourself, your family, your community and law enforcement.
Have a great day and be safe,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command