Four in Four: Four guns were reported stolen in four separate burglary cases in the Foothills Area Command in a four-day time span. Two from parked vehicles and two from homes that were burglarized. By my tally, the Foothills Area Command has passed 200 guns reported stolen in burglaries year-to-date through December 10th. As a community with the right to bear arms, we have to spread the word about safe and responsible ways to store firearms to protect children and of course, to prevent our firearms from falling into the wrong hands. To explore ways to secure your firearms for safety and prevent theft, please seek out The National Crime Prevention Council’s Gun Safety Tips, the National Rifle Association’s safety recommendations for firearms, SafeFirearmsStorage.org, any local firearms retailer for safety training and safe storage options, or the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
What’s the 31%? The number estimated by the U.S. General Accounting Office of unintentional deaths caused by firearms that may have been prevented by adding a child-proof safety lock and a loading indicator to a firearm that indicates the firearm is loaded.
Property Crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command from December 7 – 10, 2017:
2 Armed Robberies/Commercial: Saturday: 200-block of Tramway Blvd SE, 12500-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
1 Warm-Up Auto Thefts (stolen while left running/keys in ignition and unattended): Thursday: 4900-block of Oso Grande Court NE.
18 Stolen Vehicles: Thursday: 2800-block of Marie Park Dr NE, 400-block of Dunes Ct SE, 3300-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Friday: Two vehicles at the same address on the 100-block of Casa Hermosa Dr NE, 10400-block of Malaguena Ln NE, 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 800-block of Eubank Blvd NE. Saturday: 12500-block of Charla Ct SE, 11100-block of Gibson SE. Sunday: 800-block of Glacier Bay St SE, 2400-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 11100-block of Claremont Ave NE, 12700-block of Indian School Rd NE, two vehicles at the same address on the 10300-block of Hotel Circle NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.
14 Residential Burglaries: Thursday: 13200-block of Bluecorn Maiden Tl NE, 3700-block of Embudito Dr NE, 12900-block of Marva Pl SE, 12700-block of Yorba Linda Dr SE. Friday: 1500-block of Monte Largo Dr NE, 11900-block of Pocono Rd SE, 700-block of Turner Dr NE. Saturday: 1700-block of Mountain Ridge Ct NE. Sunday: 700-block of Jewel Place NE, 400-block of Sawtooth St SE, 12300-block of Pineridge Ave NE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 200-block of Hanosh Ct SE, 700-block of Vista Abajo Dr NE.
29 Auto Burglaries: Thursday: 5300-block of Revi Don Dr NE, 12300-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 9900-block of Spain Rd NE, 13100-block of Central NE, 3600-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 12100-block of Copper Ave NE. Friday: 11200-block of Lomas Blvd NE, 10500-block of Candlelight Ct NE, 3600-block of Mt. Ranier Dr NE, 3800-block of Mt. Ranier Dr NE. Saturday: 3400-block of Holiday Ave NE, 3800-block of Agua Sarca Ct NE, 3500-block of Agua Sarca Ct NE, 3800-block of Mt. Ranier Dr NE, 11400-block of Nassau Dr NE, 11700-block of Copper Pl NE, 100-block of Hotel Circle NE, 10300-block of Hendrix Ave NE, 3400-block of Pitt St NE, 5800-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE. Sunday: 9800-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 4600-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 10000-block of Menaul Blvd NE, 10800-block of Comanche Rd NE, 2 vehicles at the Embudito Trailhead, 4900-block of Cumbre Del Sur Ct NE, 14300-block of Soula Dr NE, 3200-block of Morris St NE.
Entries: Thursday: 3 of 6 (50%!) were unforced entries. The rest were entries by breaking windows. Friday: Through broken window held together with tape, breaking windows and one entry method not noted. Saturday: Four vehicle’s windows were broken to gain access, four cases did not have access methods noted, one targeted vehicle was left unlocked vehicle and one was opened using a hanger to unlock the door. Sunday: House keys, a box of books, tools, mail, vehicle registration and insurance documents, a radar detector.
Items left inside vehicles that were stolen: Thursday: A gun, a cash box, tools, a telescoping magnet, load test, vehicle insurance and registration documents, a laptop, clothing, personal documents, a test kit, a purse and contents. Friday: Failed attempt to steal vehicle leaving damages to the vehicle, a wallet and government-issued ID, a wallet and several IDs. Saturday: One failed attempt to steal the vehicle left damages, a gun was stolen from one vehicle, stolen checks and passport and cash deposit bag stolen from another vehicle, an oxygen machine and garage door opener to an out-of-state residence stolen. Sunday: Four vehicles entered by breaking windows, two vehicles did not have method of entries noted and two vehicles were left unlocked.
Quick Take-Aways from the cases listed above: Lock up! Clear the vehicle of any items that have value, leave nothing visible inside your unattended vehicle. You can see from the variety of items listed that were stolen over the last four days, we leave a lot of stuff in our vehicles and don’t think twice about these items being stolen. We have to change these types of old patterns to new, crime prevention savvy patterns. You are in charge of your environment and have the control in your hands! Take charge and be just as careful about not leaving a purse or wallet in the car (or loaded gun) as you would be about leaving the car door wide open. In one of our auto thefts listed above the victim left the car keys in the door lock and went inside an apartment — try to do a ‘second check’ and look back to the vehicle before you walk away: are the doors locked, windows rolled up, keys secured? We have so many victims of preventable crime that get their lives turned upside down by these burglaries. If you have a crime prevention tip or practice that you put into place, please share that with others to prevent these types of crimes.
Ouch: Preventable crimes – leaving keys in the vehicle and walking away, leaving keys in the door lock and walking away, car windows that are broken not being repaired and easily defeated, leaving items visible and accessible in vehicles, etc. These crimes hurt our citizens and the trauma and sense of violation and anger that victims experience is so sad. Take the few extra moments to use a little crime prevention to prevent a burglary or auto theft that will turn life inside out for days, weeks or months.
Be safe and thanks for reading! We hit 815 APD Foothills Area Command web site subscribers today — thank you Foothills Area Command residents for your interest in crime prevention!
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command