Trending Tuesday: The APD Crime Analysis Unit research shows us that over the past seven days, there have been 158 auto burglaries reported in city-wide. The Foothills Area Command had 28 reported auto burglaries during that seven day period. Where did our Area Command fall in relation to other areas? The lowest number for one Area Command was 9, the highest was 47 reported in another Area Command and we were on smack dab in the middle for the numbers reported. There can be so many factors in play for these types of crimes between Area Commands it is best to advise locking up vehicles and leaving nothing of value in the vehicle.
Hot Wheels (Stolen Vehicles): For the past seven days, the APD Crime Analysis Unit tracked 71 auto thefts reported city-wide. The numbers per Area Command ranged from a low of 4 reported stolen vehicles in those seven days, to a high of 20 reported stolen vehicles. The Foothills had 16 reported auto thefts for that seven day period and we were ‘tied’ with another Area Command, once again, placing our stats pretty much in the middle when compared with other Area Commands city-wide for auto related property crimes.
What were the most popular vehicles to steal over that time frame? Of the 71 auto thefts reported, 10 were Hyundias (8 were Sonatas) and 10 Kias (8 were Optimas). The month of February concluded with 24 reported ‘warm up’ auto thefts, just 5 fewer than the month of February in 2017. APD took 4 ‘warm up’ auto theft reports over the last seven days – four crimes that were 100% preventable.
Property crimes reported in the Foothills Area Command on Monday, March 5th:
1 Armed Robbery/Car Jacking: 900-block of Eubank Blvd NE.
3 Residential Burglaries: 11500-block of Ralph Ave NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 13000-block of Skyview Ave NE. Entries made by breaking windows, front door. One firearm among several items reported stolen.
7 Auto Burglaries: 1500-block of Tramway Blvd NE, 6200-block of Eubank Blvd NE, 9700-block of Mesa Arriba NE, 2500-block of Hiawatha Dr NE, 13300-block of Canyon View Pl NE, 900-block of Opal Pl NE, 14000-block of Indian School Rd NE (Embudo Canyon trail access). Entries: breaking windows, entering unlocked vehicles. Items stolen: 9 MM Ruger S-9 firearm, a jacket, a clipboard, a reflector vest, $10 in change, dental supplies, several vehicle registrations and insurance documents, a wallet, multiple IDs, multiple credit cards, $500 in cash.
Quick take aways – we cannot afford to leave valuables in parked vehicles and walk away!
Several of these auto burglaries could have been prevented by simply removing articles of value and locking the vehicle. To regular readers, you already know this, but can you help me to help the community and spread the word?
As convenient as it may seem to leave wallets, purses, work items, guns, cash, IDs, credit cards, etc. in your vehicle and park and walk away there really isn’t any convenience in the shock of discovering you have been a victim of auto burglary. The vehicle repair costs, calling and waiting for a police officer to arrive to file a report, waiting for an evidence tech if there’s a chance there may be evidence left behind, filing an insurance claim on damages to the vehicle, the time and expense replacing personal documents and credit cards, explaining to your workplace supervisor that the employer’s equipment entrusted to you was stolen on your watch, the loss of cash which can’t be replaced or claimed, the worry about whether the auto burglar is using or has sold your personal information that was stolen and wondering if you now have to deal with identity theft….the list goes on and on.
It really is worth the few moments to clear out that vehicle of anything of value, anything with personal information and locking up. By taking a few moments and using crime prevention to your advantage, you are taking control of your property and greatly reducing your odds of being a victim.
Have a safe day,
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command