New Neighborhood Watch in the APD Foothills Area Command: Thank you to Rick D. for hosting a facilitation meeting and completing the starter kit for the new Neighborhood Watch group formed on Thursday night last week on the 2000-block of Pleasanton Drive SE. Thanks to Daniel L. for offering to serve as the Block Captain. Pleasanton Drive SE is in the Juan Tabo Hills Neighborhood Association and our 15th Neighborhood Watch formed in the Foothills Area Command for 2017.
If you would like to form a Neighborhood Watch group or find out if one ever existed or is still active on your block, contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit and get rollin’! Thanks again to Daniel and Rick and those who attended the meeting.
Beware of the Grinch: One of our property crimes reported yesterday netted an auto burglar Grinch a trunk load (literally) of what appeared to have been Christmas gifts. This victim reported that the trunk was left open and Game Boys, a wallet, toys, an iPad and the vehicle’s license plate were stolen. Sadly, it sounds like the items stolen were intended to be Christmas gifts for children or teens. I also had an auto burglary reported that took place at a church parking lot and the caller reported a wallet left inside the vehicle was stolen.
Now is the time to be extra aware of your surroundings, of not allowing yourself to get loaded down with shopping bags, and to lock up vehicles. Please pare down what you are leaving inside your vehicle and keep wallets, cash, keys, garage door openers, etc. with you when you park in a pocket, fanny pack or some other small carry-along. This is the time of year when these types of auto burglaries will occur at movie theaters, shopping areas, restaurants, places of worship, trail head parking areas, fitness centers, etc. The criminal is counting on citizens being away from parked vehicles for at least an hour and hoping vehicles will have lots of items inside to steal. To have peace of mind when you are out shopping, enjoying holiday shows, exercising, enjoying our beautiful vistas and open space areas, or at worship services remember to leave nothing of value in the vehicle, leave nothing visible in the vehicle no matter how insignificant you think it is, and to lock up.
Trending Tuesday: I am seeing police reports of burglars able to get inside homes via unlocked windows. I expected this to end with colder weather, but these types of entries into homes are still occurring. Do a check of the house and make sure your windows are locked. You can easily add secondary devices to the windows in addition to the manufacturer’s locks that will prevent the window or sliding glass door from being slid or lifted out of the tracks. Check out what’s on the market at any hardware store or big-box home supply store – there’s something for everyone and all types of windows.
I am continuing to see police reports of two-for-one auto thefts; trailers stolen while attached to the truck that the trailer is hitched to and we had one report of a motorcycle inside a trailer and the trailer was stolen (two-for-one). There are alarms for trailers out there — layer that trailer with protective measures and check out what’s available for your particular situation and trailer. Consider a GPS tracker for your trailer. There are also alarm/lighting systems that can be installed on and if the trailer is moved lights and an alarm will activate. Some can be monitored or alert to a mobile device. If you own a trailer, something like these types of systems may be worth looking into. Neighbors: you can be extra eyes and ears too. If you see something suspicious, call it in to APD’s non-emergency number 242-COPS (2677) and have emergency contact numbers for your neighbors.
Hot Wheels: The APD Crime Analysis Unit reports that from December 4 – 10 the city had 83 vehicles reported stolen, and 5 of those were ‘warm-up’ auto thefts (100% preventable crime). Overall, the city saw a reduction in auto thefts when compared to November 27 – December 3 (124) and November 20 – 26 (138). Unfortunately, the Foothills Area Command had the second highest number of reported stolen vehicle in the city for the past 7 days: 18 in 7 days. The other APD Area Commands ranged from a high of 24 vehicles reported stolen to a low of 6. Most vehicles were reported stolen from apartment complexes (27) and then single-family residential areas (24) for those 7 days. Most popular makes to steal were Chevrolets (21/10 were trucks), Hyundais (9), and Dodges (7, all trucks).
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, December 11th:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 3000-block of Jane Pl NE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 12600-block of Montgomery Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 12900-block of Central Ave NE.
4 Auto Burglaries: 13000-block of Central Ave NE, 11000-block of Spain Rd NE, 10400-block of San Jacinto Ave NE, 11500-block of Indian School Rd NE. Entries: 3 of 4 were via breaking windows, one was an unforced entry. Items stolen: Searched center console, but nothing taken. Stole gloves, cell phone chargers, Game Boys, 2 wallets, toys, an iPad and the license plate to one of the vehicles.
Be safe and I hope you will spread the word about how easy crime prevention is to put into place. Give crime prevention priority and you’ll have much more peace of mind. It’s really just a few extra moments of time to control your own environment and being alert and willing to call in criminal activity or suspicious persons or vehicles to 242-COPS (2677). Have a great evening,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command