New Neighborhood Watch Group formed: The homes on Sandler Court NE have formed a Neighborhood Watch group with the support of the Albuquerque Police Department. Thanks to Edward V. for organizing and hosting the facilitation meeting and to Ray B. and Carl S. for volunteering to serve as Block Captains for the 15 homes on this cul-de-sac. Neighborhood Watch group members serve as ‘eyes and ears on the block’ for neighbors and local law enforcement, are taught how to safely report crime or suspicious activity to the police without putting themselves in harm’s way and to work together as neighbors. Block Captains serve as points of contact for information flow between neighbors and the APD.
If you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch group on your block the first step is to contact the APD Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Steve Sink at 244-6644, who can get you a Starter Kit.
Thanks again to the Sandler Court NE citizens who helped organize this new Neighborhood Watch group and those who also helped organize, host and stepped forward in the Block Captain role.
Here are the property crimes that were reported over the weekend (Friday- Saturday – Sunday) in the Foothills Area Command:
1 Armed Robbery to an Individual: 12700-Dunes Rd SE.
8 Stolen Vehicles: 11200-block of Montgomery Blvd NE, 3800-block of Monaco Dr NE, 10400-block of Eden Dr NE, 300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 11500-block of Nassau Dr NE, 13100-block of Central Ave SE, 10400-block of Research Rd SE, 10600-block of Central SE. Items left in vehicles that were stolen included: vehicle and house keys, garage door remote/opener, credit cards, a laptop, 3 bicycles, tools/tool box, a vehicle title.
1 Commercial Burglary: 1900-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE.
1 Residential Burglary: 13100-block of Wenonah SE, forced entry by damaging front door.
17 Auto Burglaries: 700-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 200-block of Tramway Blvd SE, 13800-block of Paseo Del Sol NE, 3 vehicles at the same address on the 13100-block of Fruit Ave NE, 400-block of Western Skies SE, 14100-block of Nambe Ave NE, 13100-block of Fruit Ave NE, 13200-block of Bellamah Ave NE, 2700-block of Muriel St NE, 400-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 10300-block of Hendrix Ave NE, 11400-block of San Jacinto Ave NE, 300-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 13400-block of Lomas Blvd NE. Entries: Damaging door locks, breaking windows with nearby rocks, leaving vehicles unlocked. Items that were stolen from unattended vehicles: Heavy damages to several vehicles in failed attempts to steal the vehicles (ignition, steering column damage). Items stolen that were left in parked vehicles: a Tazer (stun gun), several purses and wallets, multiple forms of ID, credit and debit cards.
Quick take-aways from these crimes: Auto thefts (Stolen Vehicles): Many items were in the vehicles at the time they were stolen (vehicle title, tools/tool box, credit cards, a garage door remote to the residence, 3 bicycles, an Apple PowerBook, vehicle keys, etc.). It is so important to clear your vehicle of all items of value and items with personal information about you when you park. Some of the items left behind in the vehicles that were stolen over the weekend can be used to commit further crimes (credit cards, IDs, garage door openers, keys, etc.). Be scrupulous when you park and when determining what you leave behind in your vehicle when you park and walk away. Auto Burglaries: Again, a staggering amount of personal belongings are being left in parked vehicles and stolen by criminals. Another thing to pay attention to from this weekend’s cases: several vehicle windows were broken with nearby rocks or cement chunks. Keep the area where you park cleared of any items that can be used to force entry, vandalize or cause trips or falls. Do not unwittingly provide a way for a criminal to break into your vehicle – remove any large rocks, cement chunks, cinder blocks that are around the vehicle.
Have a safe day and I hope your week is off to a good start,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command