Thank you to the residents of Desert Moon Place NE and Lima Place NE / Lima Court NE: The residents of these blocks formed Neighborhood Watch groups earlier this week. Special thanks to Steve V. and to Linda H. who organized their meetings and also stepped forward to serve as Block Captains. Neighborhood Watch groups learn basic crime prevention, get updated at the facilitation meetings on types of crimes and trends in the area, ways to engage with local law enforcement and other neighbors, and find out how to connect with APD and the Albuquerque Block Captain Association (ABCA).
The Foothills Community Policing Council meeting is coming up on Monday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Holiday Park Community Center at 11710 Comanche Road NE. The CPC meetings have citizen-formed councils and the community is encouraged to attend. Meetings are the second Monday of each month at the same time, same location.
Trending Tuesday: I saw a slight uptick recently of trailers being stolen (these count in our stats as motor vehicle thefts). Be on guard if you park trailers at home or at your apartment complex. Keep in mind that RVs and trailers can be just as much of a target as passenger vehicles. Trailers usually have valuables stored inside and RVs have microwaves, TVs, radios and other goodies that can tempt a burglar. Lock it up, park behind a secured fence if a garage is not available, have good lighting covering the trailer or RV, consider an alarm and if you have cameras, make sure they cover that trailer or RV.
I noted a few burglaries recently where entry was made via unsecured doggie doors. As I explained to the Neighborhood Watch groups formed this week, we all live a ‘box’ and our ‘boxes’ all have openings (doors, windows, garage doors, doggie doors, etc.). If you think of your dwelling as a box and your goal is to secure the openings to the box, it may be easier to view your home security holistically. Take a look outside at your home, go across the street and look at your home – can you see vulnerabilities? Weak spots? Hiding spots, poorly or unlit areas that should be lit, missing or torn or loose window screens, inadvertent step ladders over walls (benches, planters that provide a way up and over)?
Per APD’s Crime Analysis Unit, the Foothills Area Command had the highest number of reported residential burglaries in the city for the seven day period from November 27-December 3rd. There were 94 residential burglaries reported for those seven days throughout the city and the numbers ranged from 26 (Foothills Area Command) to 8 in our six APD Area Commands. With vacations coming up and attending holiday events, it’s more important than ever to band together as neighbors to call in suspicious activity on your block to 242-COPS (2677), to layer your home with protective measures and to be alert to what is going on in the neighborhood. If you are going out of town for the holidays, alert the local substation (332-5240 for Foothills) and ask for a Periodic Watch and alert trusted neighbors so they can keep an eye on your home, collect your mail, watch for package deliveries and possibly park in your driveway to help make your home appear to be occupied.
The auto burglaries for the past seven days per the Crime Analysis Unit totaled 193 and the Foothills had 28 reported, placing our Area Command fifth out of six Area Commands. The highest number of auto burglaries for one Area Command was 57 and the lowest was 6, so it was a wide range from high to low over those last seven days of auto burglaries reported to APD. I am seeing police reports for auto burglaries at fitness centers — clear out that vehicle and keep your essentials with you in a fanny pack, a zipper pocket or invest in the best lock you can and lock up your essentials in the fitness center’s locker. Try not to leave anything in your vehicle — the criminal knows you will be occupied and out of sight for at least an hour at most work out facilities.
Hot Wheels: Our APD Crime Analysis Unit tracked 100 stolen vehicle cases city-wide from November 27 – December 3. The Foothills Area Command was the Area Command with the second highest number of reported auto thefts! City-wide, the most popular areas to steal vehicles were apartment complexes (30 cases) and single-family residential neighborhoods (29 cases). We have to layer those vehicles with protective measures to prevent auto thefts: alarms, parking in well-lit areas if a secure garage is not available, steering wheel locks or ignition chips, brake locks, etc. are all ways to secure your vehicle. Locking up, of course, is the easiest prevention method. Most popular vehicle makes stolen for that seven day period were: Chevrolets (31/16 were trucks), Hyundai (9), and Subaru (7).
Here are the property crime figures for the Foothills Area Command from Monday and Tuesday (12/4 and 12/5):
1 Armed Robbery to an Individual: 2700-block of Marie Park Dr NE (Tuesday).
6 Stolen Vehicles: 10500-block of Santa Susana Rd NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE on Monday. Tuesday: 400-block of Paisano St NE, 11600-block of Indian School Rd NE, 3000-block of Jane Pl NE, 500-block of Elizabeth St SE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 11700-block of Central Ave NE.
6 Residential Burglaries: Monday: 1300-block of Canyon Rim Dr NE, 1000-block of Jane St NE, 14100-block of Domingo Rd NE. Tuesday: 600-block of Marquis Dr NE, 10300-block of Oso Redondo NE, 2500-block of Callejon Dr NE.
9 Auto Burglaries: Monday: 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 11100-block of Gibson Ave SE, 2900-block of Vista Del Rey NE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10000-block of Malaguena Ln NE. Tuesday: 1500-block of Haines Ave NE, 2800-block of Muriel St NE, 3300-block of Morris St NE. Entries: Four were unforced entries. The remainder were entries by damaging door locks and one broken window. Items stolen: Four failed attempts to steal the vehicle leaving significant vehicle damage. Laptop, hand tools, various other tools, stereos, vehicle title, handcuffs, back pack, cell phone chargers.
Have a safe day,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command