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Saw a drop in auto theft and robbery yesterday, but burglaries increased – Do you need a security assessment? Foothills Property Crimes on Tuesday, 2/27/18

Here is the property crime tally for robberies, auto thefts and burglaries reported in the Foothills Area Command yesterday:

3 Residential Burglaries:  1400-block of Betts St NE, 11700-block of Fox Point Ave NE, 13300-block of Canyon View Pl NE.  Each home was entered by forced entry to door(s) at the back of the homes.  If you see unusual, strange behavior at a neighbor’s home, please call APD at 242-COPS (2677) from a safe place to ask for an officer to check out the situation.  Be the extra eyes and ears on the block for your neighbors – you may prevent a burglary or contribute to a good arrest by our officers!

4 Auto Burglaries:  6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 1400-block of Morris St NE, 12200-block of Grand Ave NE, 300-block of Dorado SE.  Entries were made to vehicles left unlocked for over a day in the driveway, and by damaging door locks to gain entry.  What items left inside parked vehicles were stolen yesterday?  Designer sunglasses, prescription medication, 2 visor-mounted TVs and heavy damage in a failed attempt to steal one vehicle.

Auto burglaries are probably the easiest crimes to deter by simply locking up the vehicle and removing all items of value and leaving nothing visible in the vehicle.

Although we saw a drop in the armed robberies, commercial burglaries and auto thefts and a little uptick in the auto and residential burglaries reported, this is somewhat normal for our area.  Most residential burglaries in the Foothills Area Command occur in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day and are discovered by home owners in the late afternoon and early evening when they get home from work, school, etc.  Auto burglaries occur at any time because they are crimes of opportunity – easy opportunity, motivated criminal, sense that the risk level of being caught or hurt is low, items left inside the vehicle that look tempting and an unlocked vehicle or vehicle that looks easy to make forced entry – these factors all add up to a potential auto burglary.

Do you need a security assessment?  Crime Prevention Specialists stationed at each APD Area Command can show you ways to make your home less of a target for burglars.  We conduct  security assessments and leave you with recommendations tailored to your home.  Security assessments take about an hour and are by appointment.  If you would like another set of eyes, trained in crime prevention techniques, to take a look at your home, call your local APD substation.  The Foothills Substation phone number is 332-5240, ask for the Crime Prevention Specialist, Jill Garcia.

Have a great day, be safe!  Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command