New Neighborhood Watch group formed in the Foothills Area Command: Congratulations to the residents on Woodmar Lane NE and Woodmar Way NE for successfully forming a Neighborhood Watch group. The facilitation meeting was very well attended and I want to thank Diana M. for hosting the meeting and Ken M. for volunteering to serve as Block Captain (point of contact) for the group. These groups of neighbors serve as extra eyes and ears for local law enforcement, look out for one another and are prepared to safely report crime or suspicious activity to keep their blocks safer.
If you would like to form a Neighborhood Watch on your block, contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a starter kit.
Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Thursday, February 22nd:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 700-block of Doe Ln SE.
1 Commercial Burglary: 100-block of Hotel Circle NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 3600-block of Pitt St NE.
2 Auto Burglaries: 1300-block of Stutz Dr NE and 4900-block of Glenwood Hills Dr NE. Entries: one not noted, the other one reported the door handle removed to make entry. Items stolen: A journal (writing journal).
Quick take-aways from these crimes: Even a personal journal was tempting to an auto burglar. We have to remove all articles from vehicles when we park and walk away, even if we consider the item(s) to be low dollar value or insignificant.
One neighbor at last night’s Woodmar Lane and Woodmar Way NE meeting asked everyone to keep their exterior lights on all night. Great suggestion – motion sensors are good, or leaving the exterior lights on through the night. Lighting up the exterior house by house along an entire block is not attractive to someone planning to break into a vehicle — criminals don’t like to be seen.
Have a great weekend and be safe! Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command